Migration is a catalyst for social change and development at both macro and micro levels – it creates spaces for interaction between migrants, as individuals, and communities of origin, transit and destination, as a whole. As a result, societies experience changes in terms of social structures, identities, attitudes, norms and practices. In an era in which mobility patterns are becoming increasingly complex and with nearly all countries exposed to migration in some way, transnationalism – a process whereby people establish and maintain socio-cultural connections across geopolitical borders – is a prevalent phenomenon that presents both opportunities and challenges. By focusing on the connections that migrants establish between countries, the transnational prism serves as an angle of analysis for the wider issues of migration and social change in both host and home societies. Notions of belonging and identity may need to be reassessed in the light of transnationalism and modern migration dynamics, which reveal that individual and collective identities are layered and evolving, rather than static and one-dimensional. Effective migration policies, informed by the transnational context, can help harness the benefits of migration while maintaining social cohesion. 


Monday, 29 November 2010

10:00 - 11:00

Opening procedures, election of officers and admission of new members and observers

11:00 - 11:30

Report of the Director General

11:30 - 12:30 Keynote Address
Her Excellency Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Home Affairs, European Commission
12:30 - 13:00 Launch of World Migration Report 2010 - "The Future of Migration: Building Capacities for Change"
15:00 - 18:00 General Debate – Statements by Members and Observers
18:15 - 20:00 Reception

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

10:00 - 13:00 General Debate (continued) - Statements by Members and Observers
15:00 - 18:00 General Debate (continued) - Statements by Members and Observers

 Wednesday, 1 December 2010

10:00 - 13:00 IOM Governance
15:00 - 16:00

Global Migration Group (GMG)

An interactive dialogue with the Global Migration Group, with an introductory presentation by the current Chair, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, followed by discussions on the Group's priority areas of work.


  • Kyung-Wha Kang, Deputy High Commissioner, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights - Current Chair of the Global Migration Group
  • Volker Türk, Director of International Protection, UNHCR
  • Jocelyn Fenard, Chief of Partnerships and Resource Mobilization, UNITAR
  • Elizabeth Longworth, Deputy Assistant Director-General – Director for Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO
  • Daniel López Acuña, Director, Department of Strategy, Policy and Resource Management, Health Action in Crises, WHO
  • Patrick Taran, Senior Migration Specialist, International Migration Programme, ILO
  • Jean D'Cunha, Global Advisor on Gender and Migration, UNIFEM (part of UN Women)
  • Mina Mashayekhi,Officer in Charge, Division on International Trade in Goods and Services and Commodities/Head, Trade, Negotiations and Commercial Diplomacy Branch, Division on International Trade in Goods and Services and Commodities, UNCTAD
  • Martha Santos, Programme Manager, UNICEF Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS)

Moderator: William Lacy Swing, Director General, IOM

16:00 - 18:00 IOM Governance (continued)


Thursday, 2 December 2010

10:00 - 13:00

International Dialogue on Migration - Migration and Social Change

High-level plenary presentations and discussion on this year's International Dialogue on Migration
(i) Presentation by the Administration
(ii) High-level presentations and discussion


  • Sakir Fakili (Statement), Director of Consular Affairs, Directorate of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkey
  • Sandrine Salerno(Statement), Mayor of the City of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Alfredo Camelo, Pluriels – Psychotherapy and Cross-Cultural Studies Centre for Migrants, Geneva, Switzerland

Chair: Idriss Jazaïry, Permanent Representative of Algeria to the Office of the United Nations in Geneva and international organizations in Switzerland


15:00 - 18:00

International Dialogue on Migration (continued) - Migration Highlights - Key Developments

High-level presentations and discussions of selected key developments related to migration at the global and regional levels.


  • Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) – Juan José Gómez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the Office of the United Nations in Geneva and other International Organizations having their Headquarters in Switzerland
  • Migration Dialogue on Southern Africa (MIDSA) – Elia George Kaiyamo (Presentation), Deputy Minister for Home Affairs and Immigration, Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration, Namibia
  • Migration Research and Training Centre, Korea – Dong-hyeon Seok (Presentation), Commissioner, Korea Immigration Service, Ministry of Justice, Republic of Korea

Moderator: Peter Schatzer, Chief of Staff, IOM