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IOM Deputy Director General addresses high level panel on human rights of migrants

04 March 2014 - IOM Deputy Director General Laura Thompson will this morning take part in a high level panel discussion at the Human Rights Council in Geneva on the protection and promotion of the human rights of migrants.  The panel, which will also include senior representatives of ILO, UNHCR, UNICEF and UNODC, will exchange views on best practices and challenges in protecting and promoting the human rights of all migrants, including irregular migrants, through the identification of effective monitoring and protection mechanisms at international, regional and national levels. More >>

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International (Migrant) Women's Day: Leaving no one behind

IOM Director General Swing: 'Integrate Migrant Women into Development Agenda'

IMD 201407 March 2014 – The International Organization for Migration calls today on the international community to ensure that migrant women are not left behind in the ongoing discussions on the post-2015 development agenda.  Observing International Women’s Day (8 March), IOM Director General, William Lacy Swing, emphasized the urgency to more systematically and thoroughly address the often unique situation of migrant women. “We have now recognized that migrant women are half of the international migrant population. However, we too often pay lip service when it comes to acknowledging and responding to their specific circumstances and needs,” stated Ambassador Swing.  More >>

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IOM Recommendations on Future EU Home Affairs Policies

 

 

 


January 2014 - IOM's discussion paper, “The future of Home Affairs Policies” sets out IOM’s view of the priorities that should be considered in the future strategic guidelines that will drive EU action in Justice and Home Affairs from 2015. In the paper, IOM outlines its position on: a) enhanced migration governance for growth; b) a Europe that protects migrants; and c) a reinforced external dimension through enhanced cooperation. The paper was submitted in response to DG Home’s consultation on the priorities for the post-Stockholm Programme initiative.

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EU Backs New IOM Migration, Environment and Climate Change Project


01 March 2014 – IOM today launched a 3-year, European Union (EU)-funded project which will provide new evidence for policymaking on migration, environment and climate change in six pilot countries.  The project entitled “Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy” aims to contribute to the global knowledge base on the relationship between migration and environmental change, including climate change, and the formulation of related policy options with particular emphasis on migration as an adaptation strategy.  The EUR 2.4 million project will contribute to the overall framework and activities of IOM’s work on migration, environment and climate change (MECC) and the European Commission’s strategy on adaptation and climate change, and more broadly the EU’s holistic approach on migration and development.  More >>

Smarter Policies Needed To End Deaths of Migrants
By William Lacy Swing, Director General, IOM

18 December 2013 -  Why do people risk their lives and the lives of their families, over and over, every hour of every day when the best that awaits them is a frosty welcome? The answer is simple: Desperation. They fear staying in a land where they face persecution, or where their family starves. That desperation makes the risk of death a gamble they believe worth taking.  Migration is as old as humanity but we need to start thinking about it in new, smarter ways.  On this International Day we focus on the well-being and safety of migrants, IOM calls for strengthening of existing policies or develop new ones to protect human rights of those who leave home to seek better opportunities.  More >>

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