Labour Mobility, Climate Change and Partnerships Focus of IOM Recommendations to the Swedish EU Presidency

Brussels - Given the geopolitical, environmental and technological transformations shaping migration and mobility today, International Organization for Migration (IOM) believes the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) has the opportunity to strengthen partnerships that promote and leverage safe migration and resilience to global shocks, for the benefit of all.

IOM’s recommendations to the Swedish government, which holds the EU Presidency until June, focus on attracting talent and improving labour mobility channels to the EU; promoting partnerships and cooperation between stakeholders at all levels to strengthen migrant return and their sustainable reintegration; and supporting preparedness and adaptation in partner countries most vulnerable to climate change.

“Sweden has committed to a joint way forward to advance negotiations on the New Pact on Migration & Asylum during its Presidency,” said Ola Henrikson, IOM Regional Director for the European Economic Area, the European Union and NATO. “We offer our full support and encourage the spirit of collaboration and collective action that is needed to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration.”

Attracting qualified talent through regular channels to the EU can help Member States address labour market gaps while providing opportunities to migrants and their families. IOM recommends the Swedish Presidency focus on enhancing labour mobility channels while ensuring the protection of migrant workers and their long-term social and economic inclusion and integration. These efforts should involve all levels of government, civil society, and the private sector.

Well-functioning partnerships and cooperation between governments, non-governmental, international and private actors are essential to strengthening return and sustainable reintegration. IOM encourages the Swedish Presidency to promote adoption of an integrated, collaborative approach to return and reintegration. Local authorities, local public services, and NGOs all have a role to play in optimising prospects for rights-based return and sustainable reintegration of returning migrants in countries of origin.

Finally, given the increasing frequency and intensity of natural hazards with the adverse effects of climate change, closer cooperation with partner countries will be crucial to enacting effective adaptation measures. IOM therefore recommends that the Swedish Presidency extends support to the most vulnerable countries to help them to prepare and adapt in the face of disasters. Such support should entail better access to sustainable finance for those countries most in need and involve affected groups in decision-making processes on climate action.

IOM looks forward to cooperating with the Swedish Presidency during its six-month term and stands ready to offer its support and expertise on the issues included in these recommendations.

Read the full recommendations here.

For more information, please contact Ryan Schroeder at IOM Brussels, Tel: +32 492 25 02 34, Email: 

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Founded 71 years ago in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration. With 175 member states and presence in over 100 countries, IOM is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. The Organization works with its partners in the international community to assist in meeting the operational challenges of migration, advance understanding of migration issues, encourage social and economic development through migration and upholds the human dignity and well-being of all migrants.

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