The Parliamentary network on diaspora policies of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), in co-operation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), will organise its first Annual Diaspora Forum on 18 May 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Forum will be dedicated to "Diasporas as partners for development in the globalised world" and will explore diaspora engagement in development, with the focus on economic pillars, both for countries of origin and for countries of destination. It will consider the kind of enabling environment that would maximize diaspora contributions to countries of origin and destination, including potential legal, policy and programme dimensions.
The Forum will also be a timely occasion to highlight the importance of engaging with diasporas in the context of the forthcoming Global Compact on Migration to be adopted in December 2018.
It will give an opportunity to parliamentarians and representatives of diasporas, as well as representatives from different international organisations who work on migration and diaspora issues, to hold an in-depth exchange on the development opportunities created by migrants and the role of different stakeholders, to foster the role of parliamentarians and diaspora associations and to ensure their active involvement in and contribution to the process.
The event is supported by high-level officials and will bring together a number of prominent stakeholders including the Director General of the International Organization for Migration William Lacy Swing and the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on Migration and Refugees, Tomáš Boček.