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Launch of the new study: Diaspora and Transnational Identities – An Analysis of Legal Frameworks and Policies

Event date with timezone
- Europe/Zurich
Type of Event

Migrants and diaspora communities play a pivotal role in enhancing global interconnectedness by fostering international ties and knowledge transfer, driving development on various fronts. To unlock their full potential, collaborative ecosystems and inclusive legal and policy frameworks are crucial for their comprehensive involvement in political and economic processes. 

The present report “Diaspora and Transnational Identities – An Analysis of Legal Frameworks and Policies” conducts a comprehensive examination of the legal framework surrounding diaspora engagement, with a focused evaluation of the understanding of the term “diaspora” and the corresponding rights and opportunities available in select countries of origin and destination. Through an in-depth analysis of legal structures and their alignment with diaspora communities in Ghana, India, Mexico, Portugal, Colombia, and Germany, the publication aims to foster meaningful discussions on effective diaspora engagement from a legal standpoint. Additionally, it seeks to establish an understanding of how institutionalizing support functions can empower diasporas to make positive contributions to both their home and host nations. 

The launch event comprises two main sessions, each geared towards showcasing valuable insights and promoting collaboration. The first session will revolve around presenting the publication's results, providing a comprehensive overview of the legal framework surrounding diaspora engagement. Participants will gain valuable knowledge on the rights and opportunities available to diasporas in specific countries of origin and destination. 

In the second session, governments will share best practices and success stories in empowering transnational communities as influential development actors. This interactive session will foster an exchange of innovative ideas and strategies, shedding light on how different countries have enabled diaspora communities to thrive and make significant contributions to sustainable development. 

By shedding light on the legal intricacies that impact diaspora engagement, this launching event aspires to serve as a catalyst for change, inspiring policymakers to create inclusive legal frameworks that recognize and harness the potential of diasporas as key development stakeholders. Aligned with the principles of the Dublin Declaration, this event strives to further institutionalize diaspora engagement in policy development, encompassing the formulation of development strategies and humanitarian assistance plans. 

Ultimately, the event aims to foster collaboration among stakeholders and shape an inclusive future where diasporas play an active role in shaping sustainable national and global development. By integrating diaspora communities as essential partners, we pave the way for a more interconnected, prosperous, and equitable world. 

Interpretation in French and Spanish will be ensured during this event. 



15.00 – 15.10 

Opening Remarks – Mrs. Ugochi Daniels, Deputy Director General for Operations, IOM 

15.10 – 15.30 

Presentation of the publication – Mr. Vassiliy Yuzhanin, IOM  

15.30 – 15.45 



15.45 – 15.55 

Introductory remarks – Mrs. Eva Akerman Borje, IOM 

15.55 – 16.00 

Mrs. Cynthia Attuquayefio, Director of the Diaspora Affairs Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana 

16.00 – 16.05

Mr. Jorge González Mayagoitia, First Secretary, Migration expert at the Permanent Mission of Mexico in Geneva 

16.05 – 16.10

Mr. Carlos Andres Pérez Garzón, Third Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Colombia 

16.10 – 16.15

Mrs. Honey Deihimi, Head of Unit,  Division Participation in a Diverse Society, Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration , Federal Government Commissioner for Anti-Racism, German Federal government 

16.15 – 16.45


16.45 – 17.00 

Closing Remarks – Mrs. Monica Goracci, IOM