This paper explores the relationship between Canada, one of the world’s leading immigration countries and a country that often serves as an international ‘poster child’ for well managed migration, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), an intergovernmental organisation that provides migration-related services for Canada and many other countries. Despite growing awareness about the role of the IOM in migration politics, a research gap remains regarding how states cogitate and evaluate their partnership with the IOM. This article draws on publicly available government evaluations, conducted by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, which speak to the strongly inter-dependent, but also highly ambivalent reality of collaboration between Canada and the IOM. In exploring and discussing the nature of this relationship, the article also speaks to the particularities of ‘migration management’ and the larger transformations in global migration governance reflected in Canada’s partnership with the IOM.

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Keywords Canada, intergovernmental organisations, International Organization for Migration, migration governance, migration management
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Journal Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Geiger, M. (2017). Ideal partnership or marriage of convenience? Canada’s ambivalent relationship with the International Organization for Migration. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 1–17. doi:10.1080/1369183X.2017.1354033