Migrants: l'interview de William Lacy Swing, directeur général de l’Organisation Internationale pour les Migrations

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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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Message for the 2014 Roll Back Malaria Meeting in Zimbabwe

"Malaria is preventable, it is treatable, but the reality is, at the moment, vigilance is required because malaria remains a fatal disease that neither knows nor respects borders." - IOM Director General William Lacy Swing

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CNN Amanpour: Europe needs to do more to share responsibility for migrants flocking to its shores, says DG William Lacy Swing

“More and more people are leaving out of desperation, and far too many are dying along the migratory route,” IOM’s Director General William Lacy Swing told CNN’s Hala Gorani, standing in for Christiane Amanpour in a live interview this week.

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"Only by recognizing migrants’ rights and thinking about their well-being can migration be used for a country's development."IOM Director General William Lacy Swing at the fourth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Shanghai

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IOM Condemns Violence Against Civilians in South Sudan

“The deliberate targeted and heinous killing of civilians in hospitals, places of worship and UN compounds, where they have sought sanctuary, is ...particularly outrageous and needs to end,” said IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.

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Kuwait Donates US$5 Million for Syria Crisis Appeals

The donation will provide a lifeline for thousands of Syrians impacted by the conflict and will allow IOM to continue to deliver essential non-food relief items, shelter, transport and health care to people affected by the war.

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IOM Director-General Swing joins the conversation on #freedom2014 and talks about desperation migration on BBC World News Service.

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The Year of Desperation
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“More and more women – fleeing discrimination, violence, or poverty – are now taking the same risks as men in search of a better life for themselves and their children. This is desperation migration.”

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International law requires that the human rights of all migrants, whatever their status, are respected, which is also a fundamental precondition for individual and collective development.

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Visiting the Central African Republic to meet with government officials, assess needs of affected populations and determine further IOM interventions.

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"The other real challenge, frankly, is in the area of public perceptions because if we lose the battle in trying to give a more balanced view of migrants then anti-migrant sentiment will continue and that will lead to bad policies and to bad situations."

DG at the “An open and safe Europe – what next?” conference, 29-30 Jan, Brussels

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Immigration: Welcome or Not?

For over 200 million people, migrating to a foreign land represents the hope of a better life and valuable career experience. IOM Director General William Lacy Swing joined the Open Forum in Davos together with other world leaders last 23 January.

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Looking Ahead: IOM IN 2014-2016

The third annual IOM senior managers strategic retreat met under the theme of "Looking Ahead: IOM in 2014-2016" on 16 and 17 January 2014 in the French city of Annecy. Director General William Lacy Swing moderated the two-day event.



“The links between migration, well-being, health and development are most clearly identified by Southern Africa, the region that is most at risk of not meeting their healthrelated Millennium Development Goal targets on HIV, TB, and malaria by 2015.”

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“We need funds to rebuild and we need people to know about the enormous work being done here - that’s the job of the media. IOM will remain here as long as it takes to help rebuild the homes and communities that were obliterated by the storm,”


DG in Tacloban



DG boards a military plane that will bring him and IOM emergency operations staff to Haiyan-damaged Tacloban City, Philippines.


DG in Tacloban



"Combatting sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) against women and girls is a top institutional priority for IOM – and for me personally. Today’s event reminds us that – thirteen years after the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 – sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) against women and girls – continues to be endemic in many, if not all emergencies," William Lacy Swing #keephersafe

Ambassador William Lacy Swing

Director General SwingAmbassador William Lacy Swing of the United States is now on his second five-year term as Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). He was re-elected on 14 June 2013 by IOM’s governing body to the post that he has held since October 2008.

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