This seminar formed part of IOM’s International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) which in 2006 had an overall theme of Partnerships in Migration: Engaging Business and Civil Society. The IDM was launched by IOM in 2001 to provide a forum to States as well as international and non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders for the exchange of views and experiences on migration matters, with the aim of contributing to a better understanding of migration and strengthening cooperative mechanisms to comprehensively and effectively address migration issues.
The main objectives of the workshop were:
To bring together representatives of the various authorities involved in the integration process, policymakers and the experts directly responsible for these issues;
To foster a clear perception of the crucial role of the private sector and civil society in optimally managing the integration of migrants;
To identify strategies for managing integration policies designed to better integrate growing numbers of migrants while ensuring that social cohesion is maintained in the host communities.
The discussions will focus on four main topics to be explored in roundtables after a general presentation that will set the scene and outline the major trends observed in recent years. The four main topics of discussion will be:
- The different approaches to integration and the diversity of the challenges they entail;
- The rights and duties of various stakeholders in integration;
- The keys to integration and its impact on the job market and social services;
- Possible models and partnerships for successful integration.
- Michele Klein Solomon, Director, Migration Policy, Research and Communications, International Organization for Migration
- Bernardo Sousa, Chief of the Cabinet of the High Commissioner for Immigration and Ethnic Minorities, Presidency of Council of Ministers, Portugal
- Rose Kattackal, Director General, Integration Branch, Citizenship and Immigration, Canada
- Victor Montejo, President of the Indigenous Commission, Congress of the Republic of Guatemala
- Enrique A. Manalo, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva and Manuel G. Imson, Undersecretary, Department of Labour and Employment, Philippines
- Vyacheslav Postavnin, Deputy Director, Federal Migration Service, Russian Federation
- Emmanuelle Savoie, Senior Human Resource Manager, Procter & Gamble
- Austin Muneku, Head of Social and Economic Policy Department, International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) - African Regional Organisation (AFRO)
- Seung-Ju Yang, Director General for Family Policy Bureau, Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, Korea
- Alejandrina Mata, Vice-Minister of Education, Costa Rica, and Vilma Contreras, Coordinator of Education Program, IOM Costa Rica
- Charlotte Hamburger, Deputy Head of Division, Ministry of Refugee, Immigration and Integration Affairs, Denmark
- Jelena von Helldorff, Senior Policy Advisor, King Baudouin Foundation
- Danny Pins, Director of Immigrant Integration, American Jewish Distribution Committee / Center for International Migration and Integration (CIMI)
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