Migration is one of the defining global issues of the early twenty-first century. Approximately 175 million people, including 10.4 million refugees, reside outside their home country, or put another way, one out of every 35 persons in the world is a migrant. There is no longer a single State that can claim to be untouched by human mobility.

The reasons behind this increase in population mobility are numerous, but globalization is often held up as a convenient (although not necessarily satisfactory) explanatory coverall for factors as diverse as the development of cheap and accessible transnational means of transport, the creation of real-time networks of electronic communication, the redefinition of individual and family identities across continents, and the income differences between developed and developing countries.

*Taken from "Migration in a Globalized World"


Statements from the Geneva Migration Group (GMG)

  • Mr. Juan Somavia, Director General, International Labour Office Statement
  • Ruud Lubbers, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Rubens Ricupero, Secretary General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Statement
  • Bertrand Ramcharan, Acting United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Statement

Migration in a Globalized World

  • Opening Presentation - IOM Administration Presentation Presentation Handout
  • High-level Presentations and Discussion
    • Jan O. Karlsson, Co-Chair of the Global Commission on International Migration Statement
    • Ousmane Ngom, Ministre Conseiller à la Présidence de la République en charge des Relations Internationales du Sénégal
    • Milton Ray Guevara, Secretario de Estado de Trabajo, República Dominicana
    • Michel Dorais, Deputy Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada Statement: EN FR
  • Commentator
    • Nitin Desai, former Under Secretary General of the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs Statement

Regional and Thematic Updates: brief reports on selected developments

  • Labour Migration Ministerial Consultations for Countries of Origin in Asia
    • Patricia Santo Tomas, Secretary, Department of Labour and Employment, Philippines Statement
  • Dialogue on Migration in the Western Mediterranean (“5 plus 5”)
    • Nouzha Chekrouni, Ministre déléguée auprès des Affaires Etrangères et de la Coopération chargée des Marocains résidant à l'étranger, Maroc Statement
  • Italian National Association of Municipalities (ANCI)
    • Antonio Ragonesi, Chief, Department for Social Policies and Immigration, ANCI, Italy Statement
  • The Berne Initiative
    • Jean Daniel Gerber, Director of the Federal Office for Refugees, Switzerland Statement
  • Regional Conference on Public Health and Trafficking in Human Beings in Central, Eastern and Southeast Europe
    • Zsuzanna Jakab, Secretary of State, Ministry of Health, Social and Family Affairs, Hungary Statement
  • Bali Ministerial Conference on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime
    • Makmur Widodo, Director General of Multilateral for Political, Social and Security Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia Statement
  • Economic Community of West African States
    • Yaya Sow, Head of Office, ECOWAS, Brussels
  • South American Conference on Migration
    • Luis Sica, Director for Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Uruguay
  • Puebla Process
    • Magdalena Carral Cuevas, Comisionada del Instituto Nacional de Migración, México


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