The Pacific Immigration Development Community (PIDC)
Type: Regional consultative process (region covered: Pacific)
Formal association with regional or multi-stakeholder organization: None
Established: 1996 (PIDC has been renamed several times: South Pacific Immigration Directors in 1996, Pacific Immigration Directors’ Conference in 1997, Pacific Immigration Development Conference in 2017, Pacific Immigration Development Community since 2018)
The Pacific Immigration Development Community (PIDC) is a forum for official immigration agencies of the Pacific Region, enabling the Heads of the Participating States’ immigration agencies to discuss issues of mutual interest and to foster multilateral co-operation to strengthen the members' territorial borders and the integrity of their entry systems with the ultimate goal to build and enhance quality immigration and border management practices across the Pacific region.
Membership is open to all official government immigration agencies within Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia and includes Australia and New Zealand. Immigration departments that have signed the PIDC Memorandum of Understanding to become members include: Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Republic of Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna.
The PIDC Mission is to strengthen Pacific border integrity and promote economic prosperity through regional collaboration, modernisation, facilitating secure, seamless, and efficient international movement of people.
PIDC vision is: “Border integrity across the Pacific through regional cooperation, facilitating seamless and efficient people movement that contributes to economic growth.”
PIDC strategic objectives are:
- To improve the management of international people movements;
- To strengthen border management and security; and
- To work together to build capacity to deliver immigration services.
Current Thematic Focus
Specific areas of discussion include:
- Migration policy and legislation
- Migration data
- Irregular migration
- Partnership and cooperation on governance
- Border management
Member States (21 States and Territories)
|Federated States of Micronesia|
|Papua New Guinea|
|Wallis and Futuna|
Note: Founding Members: Australia, the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Republic of Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Western Samoa.
Current Chair: Cook Islands
Past Chairs: Fiji, New Zealand, the Marshall Islands
Observer States (2 States)
|Canada (through Canadian Border Services (CBS) and Canada Immigration and Citizenship)|
|United States of America (through US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE))|
Observer Organizations (8 Organizations)
African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Intra-Migration Facility
Bali Process Regional Support Office
International Air Transport Association (IATA)
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police (PICP)
Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS)
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
The Board is a permanent subsidiary body of the PIDC and acts on behalf of the PIDC Membership to provide governance oversight of the PIDC Secretariat as well as other Subsidiary Bodies and Sub-committees of the organisation.
The Board is responsible for setting the PIDC’s strategic direction and ensuring the PIDC’s programme of work and other objectives are delivered and are adding value to Members. It is also responsible for ensuring that the PIDC has a sustainable financial future; that reputational, financial and non-financial risks are identified and effectively mitigated and that policies are in place to ensure resources are used responsibly and with accountability.
The Board is elected annually at each Regular Annual Meeting for a one-year term. Board Members for the 2019/20 business period includes: Cook Islands (Chair), Tuvalu (as Vice-Chair incoming), Fiji (as Vice-Chair outgoing), Federated States of Micronesia (Micronesia), Vanuatu (Melanesian Rep), Kiribati (Small Island States Rep), Tonga (Polynesia Rep), Australia (Donor), New Zealand (Donor) and Samoa (Secretariat Host Country).
The PIDC maintains a small Secretariat based in Apia, Samoa. PIDC now operates as a legal entity status in Samoa and has been provided diplomatic privileges under its headquarters agreement with the Samoan Government. The Secretariat is responsible for progressing the organisation's work between conferences and meeting objectives under the PIDC 3-year Strategic Plan.
Pacific Immigration Directors Conference Secretariat
Level 3, Development Bank of Samoa Building
P. O. Box 1881, Apia, Samoa
Telephone: (685) 29107
The Pacific Immigration Development Community Regular Annual Meeting takes place between May and June each year.
June 4-6, 2019, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Pacific Immigration Development Community Regular Annual Conference
June 26-28, 2018 Nadi, Fiji, 21st Pacific Immigration Directors Annual Conference “Climate Change and Migration”
June 25, 2018, Fiji, PIDC Board Meeting
March 6-9, 2018, Apia, Samoa, Second Executive Leadership and Management Training “Strengthening Immigration Leadership in the Pacific”
June 20-23, 2017, Apia, Samoa, 20th Annual Pacific Immigration Directors Conference “Our Waka: Advancing Approaches to Regional Migration Challenges for a Safe and Prosperous Pacific”
June 19, 2017, Apia, Samoa, PIDC Board Meeting
February 27, 2017, Palau, PIDC Board Meeting
July 19-21, 2016, Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands, 19th Pacific Immigration Directors’ Conference (PIDC) “New Beginning and Growth” [Communiqué]
July 28-30, 2015, Apia, Samoa, 18th PIDC “Our Voyage towards Tomorrow”
April 29 - May 01, 2014, Kokopo, Papua New Guinea, 17th Pacific Immigration Directors’ Conference (PIDC) “Economic Growth and National Development through Skilled Entry Programmes” [Communiqué]
November 21 - 23, 2012, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, 16th Pacific Immigration Directors’ Conference (PIDC) “Securing Pacific Oceanic Gateways through Effective Use of Information” [Communiqué]
October 30 - November 02, 2011, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, 15th Pacific Immigration Directors’ Conference (PIDC) “Good Governance, Strong Laws, Secure Borders” [Communiqué]
October 19-20, 2010, Port Vila, Vanuatu, 14th PIDC “Consolidating PIDC status as a valuable entity” [Communiqué]
October 6-8, 2009, Sydney, Australia, 13th PIDC “Focus on the Future” [Communiqué]
September 16-18, 2008, Brisbane, Australia, 12th PIDC [Communiqué]
August 15-17, 2007, Samoa, 11th PIDC
October 17 - 19, 2006, Wellington, New Zealand, 10th PIDC [Communiqué]
August 30 - September 01, 2005, Nadi, the Republic of Fiji, 9th PIDC [Communiqué]
September 8-10, 2004, Republic of Palau, 8th PIDC [Communiqué]
September 10-12, 2003, Nuku’alofa, Kingdom of Tonga, 7th PIDC [Communiqué]
September 17 -19, 2002, Niue, 6th PIDC [Communiqué]
November 13-15, 2001, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, 5th PIDC [Communiqué]
October 30 – November 1, 2000, Norfolk Island, 4th PIDC
December 6-8, 1999, Norfolk Island, 3rd PIDC [Communiqué]
April 1997, Samoa, 2nd PIDC
October 28-30, 1996, Suva, Fiji, 1st PIDC Conference
PIDC Policy Briefs
PIDC Memorandum of Understanding
PIDC Headquarters Agreement with the Samoan Government (2016)
The Pacific Island Countries Trade Agreement (PICTA) and the Temporary Movement of Natural Persons (TMNP) scheme: Update (March 2010)
Background to the Pacific Island Countries Trade Agreement (PICTA) and the Temporary Movement of Natural Persons (TMNP) scheme
Understanding People Smuggling and Human Trafficking (No.2/2010)
Disaster response and the role of Immigration (No.1/2010)
Immigration legislation of PIDC Member States