Official Statements

Search for Work and Workers at Heart of Migration in This Century, Says IOM’s World Migration Report 2008


People are becoming increasingly mobile within and across borders
to meet the social and economic challenges of globalization with
the search for employment at the heart of most movement in the 21st
century, says the World Migration Report (WMR) 2008 launched today
by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

New Director General of the International Organization for Migration Takes Office


Ambassador William Lacy Swing, the new Director General of the
International Organization for Migration (IOM), takes office today.

On his first day as Director General, Ambassador Swing plans to
hold a Town Hall meeting with all IOM staff in Geneva.

William Lacy Swing Elected Director General of the International Organization for Migration


Ambassador William Lacy Swing of the United States has today been
elected as the next Director General of the International
Organization for Migration.

Ambassador Swing was elected by a two-thirds majority vote of
the Council, which brought together IOM Member States.

Speaking after his election, Mr. Swing said: "My vision for IOM
is for a collaborative organization of professionals built on trust
and one that listens to Member States and which efficiently and
cost-effectively helps them manage migration to the benefit of

© IOM 2008

IOM and China Launch Historic Capacity Building Activity


On March 20th, 2008 in Beijing, the International Organization for
Migration (IOM) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's
Republic of China (PRC) formally launched the ‘Capacity
Building for Migration Management in China' Project.

© IOM 2007 (File photo: Bashir Ahmed Sujan)

Greater Efforts Needed to Ensure Well Being of Families Left Behind in Migration Process


Increasing attention on the safe migration of people in the
globalized world and greater efforts to promote the rights of
migrant workers are not being systematically matched by
interventions to ensure the safety and well being of families left
behind, the International Organization for Migration says today as
it marks International Women's Day.

© IOM 2006 - MPH0101 (Photo: Angelo Jacinto)

Successful Management of Global Labour Mobility Encompasses the Human Rights of Migrants, says IOM on International Migrants' Day


On International Migrants' Day, the International Organization for
Migration (IOM) says the successful management of global labour
mobility can best be achieved through the implementation of
comprehensive and cooperative policies that ensure protection of
the rights of migrants and of temporary contractual workers. 
IOM is pleased to note recent strong indications that the world is
ready for better management of global labour mobility.

New guidelines from the IASC aim to improve the psychosocial support that humanitarian agencies extend to survivors of conflicts and natural disasters, like these women from Albay, Philippines, who lost loved ones and homes to Typhoon Durian. © IOM 2007 (Photo: Mia Goloy)

New Guidelines to Improve Psychological and Social Assistance in Emergencies


International humanitarian agencies have agreed on a new set of
guidelines to address the mental health and psychosocial needs of
survivors as part of the response to conflict or disaster.

© IOM 2007 (Photo: E. Girón)

IOM's Administrative Center for the Western Hemisphere is Officially Opened


IOM Director General Brunson McKinley and Panama's Vice President
Samuel Lewis Navarro inaugurated on 7 September the IOM
Administrative Center for the Western Hemisphere.

The Panama Administrative Center (PAC), headed by Alberto
Brenes, will provide administrative services and support to all IOM
offices in the Western Hemisphere in human resources, accounting,
computer services, auditing and translations, amongst others.

The PAC is the second IOM Administrative Center; the first
opened in Manila, Philippines in 2003.

© IOM 2007

Tata Consultancy Services to Build New Operating System for International Organization for Migration


Tata Consultancy Services (BSE: TCS.BO, NSE: TCS.NS), a leading IT
services, business solutions and outsourcing organisation, will
build and implement an integrated financial management solution for
the International Organization for Migration (IOM) aimed at meeting
the resource management challenges of a continually growing

Migration Crucial to Success of Development and Poverty Reduction Strategies


As governments gather for the first meeting of the Global Forum on
Migration and Development, the International Organization for
Migration (IOM) is calling for migration to be systematically
mainstreamed into poverty reduction strategies and for better
support to be given to diasporas wanting to contribute to the
development of their home countries.