Interdepartmental Structure for International Cooperation on Migration (ICM Structure)

Switzerland pursues a diverse range of foreign policy activities in migration. Numerous federal agencies are involved, including the Federal Department of Justice and Police, the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research. In February 2011, the Federal Council set up the Interdepartmental Structure for International Cooperation on Migration (ICM Structure) to coordinate the various migration-related activities and ensure coherence in migration foreign policy.

Organisation of the ICM Structure

The ICM Structure has three levels:

  • the Plenum of the Interdepartmental Task Force on Migration at the level of Directors/State Secretaries,
  • the Committee for International Cooperation on Migration at the level of Deputy Directors,
  • and Task Forces for specific regions, countries and topics.

As the strategic coordination body of the ICM Structure, the Plenum defines Switzerland’s foreign policy priorities in migration. The Committee advises on operational aspects of interdepartmental cooperation on migration and the various instruments of migration foreign policy (migration partnerships, “Protection in the Region” programmes, etc.). Implementation of the projects and measures adopted is subsequently coordinated by the individual task forces.

Links

(These documents are not available in English)

to the top Last modification 25.07.2016