International organisations

Frontex aims to work together with international organisations, benefiting from their global presence, in-depth understanding of regional contexts and unique expertise. The agency values its long-standing structured cooperation with several international organisations, among them the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), International Organization for Migration (IOM), UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), and Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Considering its enhanced mandate, Frontex will continue reviewing and strengthening existing partnership frameworks and explore new avenues for cooperation.

In order to contribute to the global broader objectives of migration management, Frontex continues to cooperate - among others - with IOM, UNHCR, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Council of Europe, particularly on return-related activities, international protection and respect of fundamental rights.

In its efforts to prevent, detect and combat cross-border crime, operational cooperation with international actors such as INTERPOL, UNODC, OSCE and MAOC-N are important.

As part of the European coast guard cooperation, Frontex will seek a closer partnership with the IMO, including in preventing unlawful practices associated with the fraudulent registration and fraudulent registries of ships and seafarer’s maritime certification.


Frontex will also explore cooperation with the World Health Organisation (WHO), particularly aiming at strengthening health and safety measures at the borders.

International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol)

Frontex and Interpol cooperate in the fields of border management and cross-border crime prevention as well as in capacity building initiatives and training, focused on integrated border management and countering cross-border crime, including irregular migration, people smuggling, trafficking in human beings and terrorism. The deployment of Frontex-INTERPOL Electronic Library Document System (FIELDS) constitutes the major priority for operational synergies.

International Organisation for Migration (IOM)

Frontex works closely with IOM in its technical assistance projects in the Eastern Partnerships countries, the Western Balkans and Türkiye. Moreover, the two organisations contribute to each other’s projects, including the Frontex-tailored risk analysis on the trafficking in human beings and unaccompanied minors.