Statement by Jean-Yves Le Drian – election of António Vitorino to the head of the International Organization for Migration

I want to offer my warm wishes to António Vitorino, who was elected to lead the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on June 29.

I welcome the prospect of working closely with Mr. Vitorino on all the issues on the IOM’s agenda, and express my full confidence in his ability and determination to develop and implement a renewed vision of the role and operations of the IOM in dealing with these challenges.

It is a European who is assuming the leadership of this organization at a time when the challenges for our continent are crucial and require a comprehensive approach to migration, as reaffirmed by the European Council in its conclusions of June 28.

Since its establishment in 1951, the IOM has played a major role in managing migration and ensuring respect for human rights and international solidarity. It has a vital role to play in promoting the legal movement of persons in accordance with national rules on foreign nationals’ entry, residence and work, and in ensuring respect for migrants’ rights.

France’s commitment to migratory issues continues through its support for the IOM’s work and efforts to impose international sanctions on migrant traffickers and those responsible for human trafficking. It is in this spirit that France is actively participating in the negotiation of a pact on safe, regular and orderly migration, with a view to its adoption in Marrakech in December. This pact will help improve the international governance of migration.