International Centre for Migration Policy Development


The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) was established in 1993 by Austria and Switzerland. The work of ICMPD is largely based on partnership with governments, research institutes, international organisations, intergovernmental institutions and civil society to combat the challenges associated with migration. The work of ICMPD is based on a three-pillar approach:

  • Policy & Research
  • Migration Dialogues
  • Capacity Building

ICMPD supports its Member States and partners through these three pillars in many areas related to migration. Each activity carried out by ICMPD focuses on one or more of the eight thematic areas listed below:

  • Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings (THB) and related forms of exploitation
  • Legal / Labour Migration / Immigration
  • Social Cohesion
  • Migration and Development
  • Border management
  • Preventing and curbing irregular migration
  • Return and readmission
  • Asylum and international protection

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) is part of a consortium (Demand Driven Facility (DDF) which consists; the International Labour Organization (ILO), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) that managed the “Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa” (FMM West Africa) Project

The overall objective of the Project is to maximise the development potential of free movement of persons and migration in West Africa by supporting the effective implementation of the ECOWAS Free Movement Protocols and the ECOWAS Common Approach on Migration

The Demand Driven Facility (DDF) aims to:

  • Strengthen capacities of ECOWAS Commission
  • Strengthen capacities of National Institutions
  • Promote active engagement of non-state actors

The DDF’s intervention in Sierra Leone is led by ICMPD and aims to strengthen the capacity of the Government of Sierra Leone to manage labour migration. The objective is to increase the capacity of the Labour Migration Unit to manage labour migration and set up a Labour Market and Migration Information System (LMMIS).