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"One billion people are migrants. No longer can we merely count them; we must protect their rights."
- IOM Director General William Lacy Swing at the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Jakarta, Indonesia

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Wave of Migrants to Europe is Not an Invasion

IOM Director General William Lacy Swing tells CNN's Christiane Amanpour that we're in a period of "unprecedented human disasters."

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Migrants Must Be Saved, Not Counted

"Through March, IOM has counted nearly 500 fatalities of migrants on the Mediterranean Sea, during what usually is a lull in smuggling voyages... No longer can we merely count; we also must act -- no matter how tough the circumstances, or daunting the conditions." - William Lacy Swing, IOM Director General

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Promoting migrant-inclusive disaster risk management

“ In a world where more people than ever before are on the move, building the resilience of migrants and displaced persons is essential to reducing risk in communities of origin and destinations.” – IOM Director General William Lacy Swing

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How Migration Reduces Disaster Risk

 

Director General Addresses World Humanitarian Summit Regional Consultation in Hungary

IOM Director General William Lacy Swing calls for the world to join forces to end the unconscionable scale of deaths of migrants as they seek safety across the globe.

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"We should talk about 'Brain Circulation' and not 'Brain Drain.'"
William Lacy Swing, IOM Director-General at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2015 in Davos, Switzerland.

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“An international task force put an end to piracy off Somalia. If you can do that, we can have a task force for (people) smuggling gangs.”  – IOM Director General William Lacy Swing

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Let's change the narrative on migration

“A development agenda without migration would be out of step with our times.” – IOM Director General William Lacy Swing in an exclusive interview with Devex on the sidelines of the recent Global Diaspora and Development Forum in Dublin, Ireland

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IOM Director General Visits IOM Operations in Iraq’s Kurdish Region

IOM Director General William Lacy Swing reviews IOM’s operations in northern Iraq, meets with Kurdish leaders and partner agencies, and joins staff in the distribution of critical aid to displaced Iraqis fleeing the violence in Mosul and other areas.

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Ambassador William Lacy Swing

Director General Swing

On 14 June 2013, Ambassador William Lacy Swing of the United States was re-elected to his second five-year term as Director General of the International Organization for Migration. Ambassador Swing was first elected on 18 June 2008, and assumed the post on 1 October 2008.

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