The third Global Forum on Migration and Development will be held in Athens on 4–5 November. Participants at the Forum will include UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the President of Greece and the Greek Prime Minister. The EU will be represented by Swedish Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy Tobias Billström and the European Commission by Vice-President Jacques Barrot.
The Forum aims to gather states to discuss how migration and development policies can be better linked together and strategies and partnerships to promote the development impacts of migration.
“Migration and development are high on the EU agenda. Managed effectively, migration can make a positive contribution to the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals. To better integrate migration issues into development policy, cooperation between countries of origin, transit and destination has to be enhanced,” says Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy Tobias Billström ahead of the meeting.
The first Global Forum on Migration and Development took place in Belgium in 2007. The event was hosted by the Philippines in 2008; Greece is the host in 2009 and Mexico will take over the chair next year. States gather at the Global Forum to discuss migration and development and the links and potential that exist in developing this area. Values-based organisations also take part in the Global Forum. Sweden has played a leading role in the preparatory work since the first Global Forum took place in 2007.