Objectives of the Global Migration Summit (GMS) maintain a focus on the challenges faced by governments at a policy development and implementation level in the strive to foster a new, more comprehensive approach to international migration.
The numbers of international migration today make the world-wide population of migrants estimated by international organizations the fifth largest population in the world – one larger than Brazil, Pakistan or Russia. The social aspects, as well as the security aspects related to global migration have become a major concern in the agendas of governments world-wide, while the impact on the economy of hosting countries and remittance to the countries of origin is such that global migration significantly affects the prosperity of mature and emerging economies alike.
In this regard, the Global Migration Summit looks at the flow of both people and money, and focuses on the pivotal role played by unequivocal identity verification of migrants in the architecture of immigration control, entitlement and the global fight against international crime.
Senior dignitaries from Interpol, European Commission, Abu Dhabi Police and Emirates Identity Authority officially opening the Global Migration Summit in 2011 with Wise Media President, Sophie B. de la Giroday.
Global Migration Summit Conference Abu Dhabi, February 24 – 25, 2014
The fourth Global Migration Summit Conference on interchange and cooperation engaging policy makers at a supra-national level took place on the occasion of the Sustainability Summit in Abu Dhabi, UAE on February 24 to 25, 2014 at the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research. The event opened its doors under the patronage of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, H.H. Sheik Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, endorsed by the European Commission and the Emirates Identity Authority.
The Global Migration Summit held a series of Working Group appointments throughout 2014 bringing together leading experts to define a comprehensive strategy and architecture for migration control, protection of human rights and global fight against crime. Discussion covered key instruments available to address the impact of international cross-border migration on the economy, security and social stability of both origin and destination countries.
In 2013, the calendar of Global Migration Summit events included Working Group appointments in the UAE and Brazil.
About the Global Migration Summit
The Global Migration Summit builds on the wealth of discussions held throughout 12 years of investigation carried out by the dedicated working groups engaged by the ID WORLD International Congress, the Citizen ID Forum, the Transportation Security Forum, the Registered Traveler Forum, theGlobal Security Forum on the occasion of international events which took place under the patronages of the French and German Ministries of the Interior, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affair and Ministry of Interior, the Austrian Ministry of Interior, the Dutch Ministry of Justice, the Turkish Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of the Interior of the United Arab Emirates and with the endorsement of the European Commission.
By focusing on the pivotal role played by unequivocal identity schemes for migrants in the architecture of immigration control, entitlement and the global fight against international crime, the initiative offers a new angle to the international debate on the development of migration policies. The Global Migration Summit goes beyond the discussion of solely the social implications of global migration, building on the experiences of governments world-wide over the last decade in developing and implementing their new citizen ID schemes and other government-driven identification programs – from national databases and secure documents to the latest schemes supporting object-to-object communication.
Since 2011, the Global Migration Summit has focused its investigation around the following key topics:
- New paradigms of entitlement
- Managing transnational movement
- Financial flows in the global village
- Towards transparent supply chains
- Changes in the strategic approach