Migrants and the Host Society (2006)

July 12 - 13, 2006
International Conference Center, Geneva, Switzerland

This seminar forms part of IOM’s International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) which in 2006 has an overall theme of Partnerships in Migration: Engaging Business and Civil Society. The IDM was launched by IOM in 2001 to provide a forum to States as well as international and non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders for the exchange of views and experiences on migration matters, with the aim of contributing to a better understanding of migration and strengthening cooperative mechanisms to comprehensively and effectively address migration issues.


The main objectives of the workshop are:

  • to bring together representatives of the various authorities involved in the integration process, policy makers and the experts directly responsible for these issues;
  • to foster a clear perception of the crucial role of the private sector and civil society in optimally managing the integration of migrants;
  • to identify strategies for managing integration policies designed to better integrate growing numbers of migrants while ensuring that social cohesion is maintained in the host communities.


The discussions will focus on four main topics to be explored in roundtables after a general presentation that will set the scene and outline the major trends observed in recent years. The four main topics of discussion will be:

  • the different approaches to integration and the diversity of the challenges they entail;
  • the rights and duties of various stakeholders in integration;
  • the keys to integration and its impact on the job market and social services;
  • possible models and partnerships for successful integration.