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OAS Workshop to Feature Experts on Migration

  February 2, 2010

The Organization of American States (OAS), through its Special Committee on Migration Issues, will hold a workshop on migration this Thursday, February 4, with the objective of sharing and promoting the initiatives and programs being carried out in the hemisphere to facilitate the reintegration of migrants returning to their countries of origin and entering the labor market, with special emphasis on programs that emphasize a gender perspective and those geared toward migrants whose return has been involuntary.

The workshop, titled “The Return of Migrants: Challenges and Opportunities,” will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, at OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C. OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza is to deliver the keynote address.

Among the speakers at the workshop will be Keisha Livermore, Head of the Representative Office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Jamaica; Hernán Holguín, Under Secretary of Citizenship and Solidarity of the National Secretariat for Migrants (SENAMI) within the Presidency of the Republic of Ecuador; Pedro Valenzuela, Chief of the Office of Return and Welcome of the Ministry of External Relations of Uruguay; Margarita de Lourdes Guerra Guerrero, Assistant Director General of Social Programs of the Unit on Migration of the Social Development Secretariat of the Government of Mexico; Sonia Lokki of La Cimade, France; and Richard Scott, Regional Representative of IOM for North America and the Caribbean.

The workshop will be broadcast live on the OAS Website.

WHAT: Workshop titled “The Return of Migrants: Challenges and Opportunities”

WHEN: Thursday, February 4, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. (3 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. GMT)

WHERE: Simón Bolivar Hall
17 Street and Constitution Avenue
Washington D.C. 20006

Reference: AVI-031/10