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The Irish Times - Ireland | 18/12/2013

William Lacy Swing calls for more opportunities for refugees

This year more refugees than ever lost their lives trying to reach their destination country, according to an estimate put out Tuesday by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). In the left-liberal daily The Irish Times IOM chief William Lacy Swing calls for new solutions to the problem: "The few developed countries prepared to increase immigration generally want only highly skilled, knowledge workers. The result is tightened border surveillance and reduced opportunities for migrants. This, combined with political and economic upheaval, drives people into the hands of people smugglers whose trade is the fastest-growing sector in the organised crime world, worth $35 billion a year. Migration is as old as humanity but we need to start thinking about it in new ways. ... We need measures that will enable employers in countries with labour shortages to access people desperate to work, and we need to ensure these people are not exploited or exposed to gender-based violence."

Le Temps - Switzerland | 16/12/2009

William Lacy Swing on migration as a consequence of climate change

Global warming continues to have a strong effect on global migration, writes William Lacy Swing, director of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in the daily Le Temps: "Today many new climate migrants simply can't make a living from their land and are forced to move to over-populated and often unhealthy urban neighbourhoods where they suffer from xenophobia and violence. This migration clearly demonstrates that the international community must seek to reduce the migration consequences of climate change on vulnerable populations in Africa and around the world. ... Africa remains more vulnerable than ever to the effects of climate change and the degradation of the environment. A reduction of 50 percent of its agricultural production due to water shortages would harm 70 percent of its population. ... These countries will not be able to meet these challenges unless they start integrating climate alteration and its impact in their development policies. And this won't be possible without the technical and financial support of the industrial countries largely responsible for these disturbances."

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