Intervention of IOM Director General, António Vitorino, at the Launch of the 2021 Refugee and Migrant Response Plan for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela

Date: 12/10/20
Speaker: António Vitorino, Director General, International Organization for Migration
Good Morning. I would like to begin by greeting and thanking Ministers Claudia Blum, Karina Gould and Elizabeth Astete as well as my colleague, High Commissioner Filippo Grandi; with whom I am pleased to share this inaugural panel, and everyone present.
It is an honour to address you on the occasion of International Human Rights Day, in a year that has presented unexpected challenges for all of humanity. In this adverse scenario, the Platform has once again proven to be an innovative mechanism for coordinating and articulating the humanitarian response in the region.

Supporting the future of Syria and the region - 30 June 2020, Brussels, Belgium

Date: 06/30/20
IOM Statement
Syria Brussels Conference Statement - 30 June 2020, Brussels, Belgium 
António Vitorino 
Director-General, International Organization for Migration 

Remarks by António Vitorino: International Donor Conference in Solidarity with Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants in Latin America

Date: 05/26/20
Distinguished High Representative and Vice-President of the European Union, Josep Borrell 
Distinguished Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union, and Cooperation of Spain, Arancha Gonzalez Laya 
High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi 
Joint Special Representative of IOM and UNHCR, Eduardo Stein. 

European Conference: from Tampere 20, to Tampere 2.0

Date: 11/05/19
IOM Director General Antonio Vitorino, Remarks for Opening Panel, Helsinki, 24 October 2019
Good morning and thank you for the invitation to be here today for a discussion on the Tampere Programme’s 20th Anniversary, and particular thanks to the Odysseus Network, the European Network on Migration, and the European Policy Centre. As I was present at the inception of Tampere in 1999, once more with the Finnish Presidency of the EU, I am now wondering if I also qualify for a 2.0 software upgrade.

Opening Remarks for International Solidarity Conference for the Venezuelan Refugee and Migrant Crisis

Date: 10/30/19

IOM DG António Vitorino 
Dear Federica, Dear Filippo, ladies and gentlemen, 

Keynote Address, GFMD Thematic Workshop: "Implementation of the Global Compact for Migration at the National Level"

Date: 03/21/19
Speaker: Ms. Laura Thompson, Deputy Director General, International Organization for Migration
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a distinct honour and privilege to be invited to this thematic workshop of the Global Forum on Migration and Development on ‘Implementation of the Global Compact for Migration at the National Level’.

Director-General's Remarks at Syria Brussels Conference

Date: 03/14/19
Speaker: Director General Mr. António Vitorino

Distinguished Guests,


A lot has been said today on the incredible complexity of the Syria crisis. This is the first time I attend the Syria pledging conference as the new Director-General of the International Organization for Migration. Let me share with you a few comments:   

Director General Mr. António Vitorino's Remarks at the Opening of the Global Migration Film Festival

Date: 11/29/18
Speaker: Director General Mr. António Vitorino
Opening remarks: António Vitorino, Director General, IOM

Migration comprises thousands of stories and where better to share them than through IOM’s Global Migration Film Festival being launched here at the Graduate Institute of Geneva.
This extraordinary festival - run on a shoestring – encompasses over 100 countries across the globe. It showcases dramas and documentaries that bring the migrant experience to life.

Director General’s Report To The 109TH Session Of The Council

Date: 11/28/18
Speaker: IOM Director General António Vitorino
Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen, it is an honour to welcome you to the 109th Session of the Council. I welcome you on behalf of all our colleagues around the world and thank you for taking the time from your busy schedules to join us here in Geneva.
Let me begin by expressing our sincere appreciation to the outgoing Chairperson, Ambassador Juan Eduardo Eguiguren of Chile, for all his hard work and commitment. I also wish to welcome the newly elected members of the IOM Council Bureau:

Message of Director General António Vitorino to IOM Staff

Date: 10/01/18
Speaker: Mr. António Vitorino, Director General, International Organization for Migration
“Today it is my first day in office as your new director general and I want you all to know how fortunate I feel to be joining the IOM family, roughly 11,000 men and women, the majority of whom are scattered around the globe.
With this brief message, let me, first and foremost praise the remarkable work of my predecessor Bill Swing. He has consolidated IOM reputation as a principled, accountable, transparent organization with an enviable track record of efficiency and effectiveness.
Thank you, Bill.