Source: News Bharati English13 Sep 2016 16:31:31

Geneva, September 13: IOM and the Government of the Netherlands have agreed on closer bilateral cooperation in the field of migration through a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed on Tuesday by Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation and IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.
The Memorandum consolidates the strategic relationship between IOM and the Netherlands and defines priorities for future cooperation towards a more comprehensive and long-term approach to migration governance.

"Migration is a priority for the Netherlands and we view IOM as the global organization on migration. IOM has proven to be an effective operator in the field of migration management and a strategic partner in providing protection to migrants and refugees and working on migration management along the main migration routes in Northern Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans and Europe," said Ploumen.

IOM around the world is engaged in the migration issues which are considered priorities by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs: cooperation with authorities and host communities in the reception of refugees; engaging diaspora in the development of their home countries; and promoting voluntary return and reintegration.

Director General Swing’s visit takes place days before the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September when IOM will officially become a Related Organization of the United Nations. IOM was founded 65 years ago and has been a reliable partner of United Nations agencies without formally being a UN organization.

This is the first time the UN General Assembly has called for a summit on migration at the Heads of State and Government level and it is a historic opportunity to develop a blueprint for better international response. It is a watershed moment to strengthen governance of international migration and a unique opportunity for creating a more responsible and predictable system for responding to the large movements of refugees and migrants.