7th South American Conference on Migration


The Venezuelan government, in cooperation with IOM in its role of
Technical Secretariat, is hosting the Seventh South American
Conference in Caracas.

The two-day conference ending today has brought together officials
from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Interior, and Justice and
representatives responsible for migration affairs from Argentina,
Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru,
Surinam, Uruguay and Venezuela, as well as representatives from
international and civil society organizations.

This year's Conference is focusing on migration and development
with heads of delegations discussing the input of South American
countries to the upcoming International Forum on Migration and
Development that will be held in Brussels from 9 to 11 July.

Participants are also discussing common migration challenges and
actions that need to be taken in areas such as migration and
development, upholding the human rights of migrants, countering
human smuggling and trafficking and promoting the positive
contribution of migrants and minimizing the negative impacts of

The South American Conference on Migration, the first of which took
place in Lima in 1999, is a regional process ensuring regional
access to international mainstream mechanisms for dialogue and
agreement on world migration issues.

"The fact that these countries have been meeting to discuss
migration issues for the past seven years confirms the resolve and
commitment of these governments and provides an opportunity for the
South American Conference on Migration to position itself as the
political entity charged with building a regional consensus on
migration issues. This can then be presented at international fora,
such as the upcoming Global Forum in Brussels," said Eugenio
Ambrosi, IOM Regional Representative for the Southern Cone.

The final "Declaration of Principles and the Caracas Declaration"
will be signed today at the closure of the conference.

For more information contact

Jorge Gurrieri

Technical Secretariat of the South American Conference on Migration

Tel: +5411 4815-5194/5

Email: "mailto:jgurrieri@iom.int">jgurrieri@iom.int