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    China has submitted an application to join the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Monday.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) — The IOM is supporting Beijing's efforts at developing efficitent migration policies and is working towards broadening its cooperation with Chinese counterparts, according to the organization's official website.

    "China's Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Chao on Monday morning held a meeting with IOM's visiting Director General William Lacy Swing and submitted an application for China's accession to the IOM signed by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi," Lu said at a briefing.

    According to the spokesman, Swing welcomed and highly appreciated the move.

    "If China officially becomes a member state to the IOM, it will be able to play a more active role and contribute more to the sphere of international migration in the future," Lu added.

    The IOM, established in 1951, is an intergovernmental institution. The organization focuses on providing services and advice to migrants and governments and developing international cooperation on migration issues.

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