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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Germany and IOM Commit to Closer Collaboration

IOM and Germany yesterday marked 60 years of the Federal Republic’s membership in the organization with a commitment to increase dialogue and cooperation on migration policies.

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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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“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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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.”

The Center for Global Health and Diplomacy, Winter 2014 edition

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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