IMI Europe was formed in 2010 to bring together the chapters in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and the newly emerging chapter in Vienna (Austria) with the intention of streamlining European assistance as well as ensuring outreach to the wider European continent.
The scope for more activities, unmet demand, opportunities and proposed expansion of IMI was felt to be key factors in the creation of the Board of Directors of IMI Europe. The need to create a sustainable institution in perpetuity and to establish charitable status through an address befitting an international institution led to the choice of UN House Scotland
In recent years IMI has been active in the UK with outreach activities in Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh. In Edinburgh there has been engagement at governmental and non-governmental level with presentations at the Scottish Parliament at meetings attended by first ministers Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon. In Vienna, in addition to the local chapter set up, attention is being paid to the influx of refugees from South Asia and the Middle East and resources IMI Vienna can provide to assist in their transitions.
Simultaneously there has been a growth of activity abroad in health and educational areas increasing the demand for skills and the need to recruit medics from the UK and Europe to meet these demands. Recent activities in this regard include facilitating programming and collaboration between of the University of Edinbugh and Karbala University (Iraq).