Speeches

Opening Statement, 2016 Munich Security Conference, Panel Discussion: “Refuge Refused? The EU and the Migrant Crisis”

Date: 02/12/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

It is a distinct honor and privilege to be invited to the 2016 Munich Security Conference. I wish to thank Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, and the MSC team for organizing this important annual event. I am delighted that you have selected “Refuge Refused? The EU and the Migrant Crisis" as the theme for this panel discussion. This topic is most timely. IOM has long held the view that large-scale migration is and will remain a “mega-trend” of this century.

Remarks, Reception for IOM Staff, Government of Lebanon, Canadian Resettlement Partner Agencies, and UN Country Team Representatives - “Forced Migration in the Middle East, and the mutual benefits of partnership”

Date: 01/27/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

It is a distinct honor and privilege to be here with you this evening. I am touched by your presence.

This reception is a celebration of partnerships and cooperation which have been instrumental in carrying out critical, life-saving work.

Remarks, Launch of the Inter-agency Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan for Europe: Eastern Mediterranean and Western Balkans Route

Date: 01/25/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

It’s an honor to be with you and my distinguished colleagues, and I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to be here this afternoon for the launch of the inter-agency Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan for Europe: Eastern Mediterranean and Western Balkans route.

Remarks, 15th Plenary Meeting of the Transatlantic Council on Migration: Development, mobility protection - Building opportunity into refugee solutions

Date: 01/17/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

It is a distinct honor and privilege to be invited to this Fifteenth Plenary Meeting of the Transatlantic Council on Migration, and I wish to thank Demetrios, Katheleen, and the Migration Policy Institute, for organizing this important event -- a platform on which to explore how governments can mitigate the rising financial, economic, and political costs of forced migration. I am delighted that you have selected ‘Forced Migration in a Context of Heightened Geopolitical Challenges’ as the theme for this discussion.

Remarks, Special Event on the Encyclical Letter Laudato Sii of His Holiness Pope Francis: “The Encyclical Letter Laudato Sii as a resource for identifying equitable solutions to the current migration flows”

Date: 01/15/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

It is a distinct honor and privilege to be invited here today, and I wish to thank our esteemed colleague and good friend, Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, for organizing this important event. We are gathered to reflect on and discuss the Encyclical Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis in Laudato Sii: Care for Our Common Home.  

Opening Remarks, European Conference 2016: Promoting the Multidisciplinary Approach in Addressing Migrant Smuggling

Date: 01/12/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

It is a distinct honor and privilege to be here today. I wish to thank the European Migration Network (EMN) and the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice for giving the International Organization for Migration – and me personally – the opportunity to participate in this important meeting within the framework of the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Remarks, UNHCR High Commissioner’s Annual Dialogue on Protection Challenges

Date: 12/16/15
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

It is an honor for me to take part in the High Commissioner’s Annual Dialogue on Protection Challenges. I am particularly pleased to have this opportunity to pay tribute to High Commissioner, Antonio Guterres, for his extraordinary dedication to his High office, his unrelenting commitment to refugees and – on a personal note – for the warmth and steadfastness of his friendship and support over the years it has been my privilege to know him.

Statement, International Conference on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean, “Challenges and opportunities of migration management in Asia Pacific”

Date: 12/04/15
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

It is an honor to take part in this International Conference on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean. Today’s meeting is a much-awaited follow-up to the initial conference on the same issue on 29 May, which I also had the honor of attending.  I would like to reiterate my deep appreciation to the Royal Thai Government for convening this important conference once again and for your legendary Thai hospitality.

Informal Exchange of Views Between the AU and the EU in Geneva

Date: 12/02/15
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

The Summit held AT Valletta, Malta, on 11 and 12 November 2015 demonstrated the commitment of both the European Union and the African Union to continue engaging in a sustained dialogue on migration at all levels, in a spirit of partnership, ownership and shared responsibility.

Remarks, Inauguration of the work of art donated by the Republic of Argentina to the Palais des Nations dedicated to migrant workers

Date: 12/02/15
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

I am particularly pleased that you have decided to honor migrant workers with this endowment as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, and the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.

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