The Pacific Immigration Directors’ Conference (PIDC)
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 Annual Pacific Immigration Directors' Conference takes place from May to June period each year.
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.
Specific areas of PIDC’s discussion include:
- Migration policy and legislation;
- Migration Data;
- Border management;
- Migrant Smuggling;
- Labour Migration;
- Asylum and Refugees.
Current Chair: New Zealand
Past Chair: the Marshall Islands
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Canada (through Canadian Border Services (CBS) and Canada Immigration and Citizenship)
USA (through US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE))
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)
PIDC Board, comprising eight members, including a dedicated representative of the smaller Pacific Island states, is elected annually at the Annual Conference for a one year term. The PIDC Board is a permanent subsidiary body of the PIDC and provide governance oversight of the day-to-day operational activity of the PIDC Secretariat, other PIDC Subsidiary Bodies and Sub-committees. The Board meets three times per year (in February, November and a day immediately prior to the Annual Conference) to monitor the implementation of the PIDC annual work plan.
The Board is currently comprised of Republic of Marshall Islands (as Chair of the PIDC), New Zealand (as Vice-Chair), Australia, Palau (Micronesian Rep), Vanuatu (Melanesian Rep), Tuvalu (Small Island States Rep) and Cook Islands (Polynesian Rep).
PIDC Secretariat is based in Apia, Samoa and is responsible for progressing PIDC’s work between Annual Conferences and meeting objectives under the PIDC 3-year Strategic Plan. PIDC now operates as a legal entity status in Samoa and has been provided diplomatic privileges under its headquarters agreement with the Samoan Government.
Pacific Immigration Directors Conference Secretariat
Level 3, Development Bank of Samoa Building
P. O. Box 1881, Apia, Samoa
Telephone: (685) 29107
PIDC Board Meeting, Palau, February 27, 2017
PIDC Board Meeting, Apia, Samoa, June 19, 2017
20th Annual Pacific Immigration Directors Conference, Apia, Samoa, June 20-23, 2017
19th Pacific Immigration Directors’ Conference (PIDC) “New Beginning and Growth”, Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands, 19–21 July 2016
18th PIDC “Our Voyage towards Tomorrow”, Apia, Samoa, 28–30 July 2015
17th Pacific Immigration Directors’ Conference (PIDC) “Economic Growth and National Development through Skilled Entry Programmes”, Kokopo, Papua New Guinea, 29 April – 01 May 2014
16th Pacific Immigration Directors’ Conference (PIDC) “Securing Pacific Oceanic Gateways through Effective Use of Information”, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, 21st – 23rd November 2012
15th Pacific Immigration Directors’ Conference (PIDC) “Good Governance, Strong Laws, Secure Borders”, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, 30th October – 2nd November 2011
14th PIDC “Consolidating PIDC status as a valuable entity”, Port Vila, Vanuatu, 19th–20th October 2010
13th PIDC “Focus on the Future”, Sydney, Australia, 6-8 October 2009
12th PIDC, Brisbane, Australia, 16-18 September 2008
11th PIDC, Samoa, 15-17 August 2007
10th PIDC, Wellington, New Zealand, 17 - 19 October 2006
9th PIDC, Nadi, the Republic of Fiji, 30 August - 01 September 2005
8th PIDC, Republic of Palau, 8-10 September 2004
7th PIDC, Nuku’alofa, Kingdom of Tonga, 10 –12 September 2003
6th PIDC, Niue, 17 – 19 September 2002
5th PIDC, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, 13-15 November 2001
4th PIDC, Norfolk Island, 30 October – 1 November 2000
3rd PIDC, Norfolk Island 6-8 December 1999
2nd PIDC, Samoa, April 1997
1st PIDC Conference, Suva, Fiji, 28-30 October 1996