International symposium on international migration and development

Turin, Italy

28 June 2006 to 29 June 2006


The Symposium is organized by the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations in collaboration with Fondazione Rosselli, with the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regione Piemonte, Provincia di Torino, Comune di Torino, and Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Torino.

The purpose of the Symposium is to debate, at the substantive level, key issues that Governments, international organizations and civil society face in addressing the challenges and opportunities posed by international migration. The Symposium will focus on relevant policy questions about ways of enhancing the contribution of international migration to development. The event will allow for an exchange of views between experts and representatives of governments, the United Nations, international organizations and civil society. In discussing both the technical and policy dimensions of migration issues, the Symposium will build the capacity of decision-makers, particularly from developing countries and countries with economies in transition, for preparing for the High-level Dialogue at the national level.

The Symposium will focus on the topics the General Assembly has identified for consideration at the High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development. These topics will include: (1) how to manage temporary labour migration; (2) how to facilitate the flow of remittances and improve their impact on development; (3) how to increase the benefits while mitigating the costs of the migration of skilled personnel; (4) how to engage transnational communities in the development process of countries of origin; (5) how to make return migration an asset; (6) how best to collaborate in reducing and preventing the smuggling of and trafficking in persons across borders; and (7) how to benefit from the opportunities of the globalization of education. The Symposium will also address international migration and development from the regional and organizational perspective. 



Opening Statements

The High-level Dialogue and beyond

Other statements

  • Extensive list of statements submitted by representatives of the United Nations, National Governments and Civil Society

Other papers


High-level Dialogue website


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Extensive lists of statements submitted during the International Symposium

High-level Dialogue

Follow-up to the High-level Dialogue on maximizing the development benefits and minimize the negative impacts of International Migration. Visit the Dialogue web site.