William Lacy Swing
Flying to South Africa for President Mandela’s funeral, it dawned on me during the long hours in the air that– quite coincidentally and somewhat ironically — it was 50 years ago, almost to the day, that I arrived in South Africa on my first diplomatic posting.
IOM today joins the global community in paying tribute to global icon, Nelson Mandela, with its Director General William Lacy Swing joining thousands of global dignitaries who have come to South Africa to pay last respects to the legendary South African leader.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in South Africa extends its heartfelt condolences to the family of former president Nelson Mandela, his wife Mrs Graca Machel, the Government and people of South Africa and millions of people across the world as we mourn the passing of the father of all nations, an icon of freedom, human rights and democracy, a hero for many and symbol of hope and peace.
IOM has launched a project to support the Government of Lesotho to address labour shortages in the country’s health sector. Funded by the IOM Development Fund (IDF), the USD 200,000 project aims to attract diaspora health professionals in South Africa, the UK and the US to fill critical labour shortages in Lesotho’s health sector.
“I believe we are naturally siblings, all related in some way; we are just victims of our unfortunate oppression history. We should take it upon ourselves to reunite and leave a lasting legacy for our children”
IOM and UNHCR Invite Artists to Design Posters Highlighting Positive Contributions of Migrants in South Africa
As part of the recently launched #IAMAMIGRANTTOO campaign, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is calling upon artists, young and old , to design posters aimed at promoting positive contributions of migrants and social cohesion between migrants, including refugees and asylum-seekers and host communities in South Africa.
Building on the success of the ‘I AM A MIGRANT TOO’ campaign in 2012, IOM, in partnership with the City of Johannesburg and UNHCR is launching a campaign aimed at raising awareness about the positive contributions of migrants in South Africa.
It is often difficult to discuss migration in times of crisis and high unemployment. Migrants, including refugees and asylum seekers, are often portrayed negatively in the press and are used as scapegoats for social and economic problems.
“Let’s Make the Dialogue a Success: We Owe it to the World’s Migrants,” says IOM at the Opening of the UN High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development
United States – As countries gather in New York for the 2nd UN High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (HLD), IOM urges leaders to overcome differences and agree on concrete measures for global action on migration.
“We cannot afford to miss this opportunity,” says IOM’s Director General, Ambassador William Lacy Swing. “We have a chance to make a difference for millions of migrants and their families.”
From time immemorial, human beings have migrated in search of a better life. The factors driving migration are numerous and complex: many migrate in search of greater opportunities – to earn a better living, to live in a more agreeable environment or to join family or friends abroad. The most fundamental questions they must ask themselves, therefore, are whether they will be happier if they migrate and whether their life will be better than it is now.