Due to its being the leading inter-governmental organization specializing in migration, States frequently come to the IOM for assistance to help them address the complex challenges posed by border management. The Immigration and Border Management Division, a group of specialists with considerable technical skills and ample experience in this area, is strategically deployed both in the field and at IOM Headquarters, in order to offer assistance and expertise to governments that wish to improve their migratory procedures and border and operations management.
Comprehensive border management requires that all of the applicable authorities work together effectively and efficiently. Cooperation should not concern just that country itself, but rather should transcend its borders and include the relevant institutions in the neighboring countries. Comprehensive border management seeks to cover three areas of cooperation and coordination: between services, inter-institutional, and international.
The underlying concept in the frameworks of comprehensive border management is the one-stop border station. Although the name is new, this concept has been implemented in different ways in many regions, and basically implies infrastructure that is physically shared, in which customs and border services of neighboring countries work hand-in-hand.
There is also a parallel concept known as coordinated border management (widely recognized by the customs community and the World Customs Organization), with objectives similar to those of comprehensive border management, but centered on more specific aspects of promoting coordination and collaboration between customs institutions and non-governmental actors.
In order to support governments to meet today’s complex migration and border management challenges, the Immigration and Border Management (IBM) Team at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has developed a border management information system: the Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS).
MIDAS has been designed for States with little or inadequate data capture systems in order to give them the operational means to manage migration. Compliant with international standards, MIDAS is a high-quality, affordable system, suitable for installation also in remote areas.