Speeches

Remarks, Informal Meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council

Date: 07/09/15
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

Excellencies, it’s an honor to be invited to take part in the JHA discussions today. I wish to make 3 points:

First, migration is not a problem to be solved, but a global human reality to be managed. We are living in an era of:

Keynote Address, OSCE Alliance against Trafficking in Persons Conference: ”People at Risk: Combating Human Trafficking Along Migration Routes”

Date: 07/06/15
Speaker: Ms. Laura Thompson, Deputy Director General, International Organization for Migration

The XXI Century is the century of human mobility and migration. It is estimated that there are currently more than 247 million international migrants. Human mobility is expected to increase. The World Bank estimates that by 2050 there will be more than 400 million international migrants. So we can no longer think about our economies, societies or cultures without thinking about human mobility. Migration is inevitable, necessary and desirable -- when well governed.

Migrant Smuggling and Return Migration - Remarks at Ambassadors' Conference, Return as an integral part of migration management: cooperation between countries of destination and countries of origin and transit

Date: 06/04/15
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

Your Excellencies,

Distinguished Delegates,

Introduction

It is a distinct honor and privilege to be invited here today, and I wish to thank Minister Dijkhoff, the Repatriation and Departure Service of the Netherlands, and its distinguished General Director, Rhodia Maas, and the Ministry of Security and Justice for organizing this important meeting. The large number of migrants whose lives are at risk focuses our minds on the urgency of developing responsible and humane measures to address the complex migratory flows across the Mediterranean.

Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean

Date: 06/03/15
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing

It is a distinct honor and privilege to be invited here today and I wish to thank the Royal Thai Government and Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak for organizing this important and urgent Special Meeting. The large number of migrants trying to reach your countries has focused our minds-and, indeed, our hearts-on the urgency of developing responsible and humane measures to address the complex migratory flows across the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, and elsewhere.

Panel Discussion, GFMD Business Meeting: Matching skills supply and labour demand through public-private action - Current evidence-base, ongoing practices and trending initiatives

Date: 05/15/15
Speaker: Ms. Laura Thompson, Deputy Director General, International Organization for Migration

Bringing Businesses and Governments together for discussing proactive partnership in making migration policies more efficient to enhance economic growth, prosperity and global competition is key in today’s world.

Mobility - Keynote Speech, Dubai International Humanitarian and Development Conference and Exhibition, Session 2 - Moving Relief Items, where/when required, efficiently

Date: 03/25/15
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

(As delivered)

Excellencies.

Distinguished delegates.

It is an honor to be with you today at the “Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition.” This is the 4th consecutive DIHAD in which I have had the honor and pleasure of participating in. Let me start by congratulating the organizers and the Emirate of Dubai, for the huge success of this event since it was first held in 2004.

Keynote - European Migration Network Annual Conference on Attracting and Retaining Talent in Europe

Date: 03/19/15
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

Your Excellency Minister Kozlovskis,

Excellencies,

Director Pyke,

Distinguished delegates,

It is an honor to be with you today at this EMN Annual Conference on “Attracting and Retaining Talent in Europe.” Let me start by congratulating the Latvian Presidency of the EU Council on your excellent work in the area of migration and for hosting this meeting. What a joy to be in this beautiful and historic capital, Riga! Congratulations on the new National Library, the Castle of Light.

Migration and DRR in Urban Areas - MInisterial Roundtable Address, 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Date: 03/16/15
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

Addressing the audience

We live in an era of unprecedented human mobility. There are today at least 1 billion migrants in the world, and many more people move on smaller distances and for shorter periods. These movements have distinct consequences on the circulation of ideas, technology and wealth, and drive cultural, social and economic change in communities and societies all around the world.

Statement, European Union Special Meeting on Ebola, 2014

Date: 03/03/15
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

Chairpersons,

Excellencies,

Distinguished Participants,

Dear Colleagues,

Introduction

Keynote, International Workshop on Acceptance of Foreign Nationals and Their Integration into Japan - Foreign Nationals and Foreign Human Resources in the Field of Medical Care, Beyond Language and Cultural Barriers

Date: 02/25/15
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

It is a great honour for me to visit Japan again and to take part in this annual workshop for the seventh time in so many years. I continue to be impressed by this unique initiative of the Foreign Ministry and inspired by the quality of these annual workshops. This annual gathering presents us all with a unique opportunity, a chance to discuss migration issues openly, an occasion to strengthen cooperation among the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, local governments, universities, international organizations and migrants themselves.

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