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MARCH 2013
The goal is to do this in a way that does not create fur-
ther complications by disrupting patterns of seeking refuge
outside Mali, while supporting neighboring countries in
humanely managing the additional influx. Extensive data-
gathering and repeated analysis are both indispensable in
identifying and addressing current needs, keeping in mind
longer-term implications and solutions that make the imme-
diate assistance conducive to recovery. This is particularly
true for the less-visible needs, risks and vulnerabilities of
mobile populations that are frequently neglected in typical
humanitarian responses.
Promoting Dialogue on Migration
Te Mali example also highlights the absolute necessity
of developing sustainable solutions through national and
regional dialogue on migration.
As an integral part of a holistic approach to human mobil-
ity (including forced displacement) IOM remains committed
to supporting dialogue on migration through the Regional
Consultative Processes, the Global Forum on Migration and
Development, the Global Migration Group, and other groups
currently preparing for the 2013 United Nations High-Level
Dialogue on Migration and Development. We hope that
these eforts will ensure the integration of migration and the
well-being of migrants into the post-2015 U.N. development
agenda. We also continue to promote a general recognition
that well-managed migration can actually be a driver for
global stability and development.
It is through these integrated approaches that IOM sup-
ports individual governments’ diplomatic eforts to address
the challenges of the ever-growing migration phenomenon,
ranging from the strategically important area of labor migra-
tion to the multiple, simultaneous and complex humanitarian
emergencies that result in large-scale forced displacement.
IOM renders this support not only through dialogue and
policy recommendations, but through pragmatic, concrete
activities that respect national sovereignty, as well as the rights
of migrants and host populations.
The crisis in Mali is a
perfect example of the
need for national and regional
dialogue on migration.