Mr Austin T. Fragomen is the first Chair of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Business Advisory Group. Mr Fragomen is Chairman of the Executive Committee of Fragomen Worldwide, an IOE partner.
Austin Fragomen is also co-author of a renowned series of immigration handbooks that provide business immigration best practices. Mr Fragomen has previously represented business organisations at meetings
of the International Organization of Migration, Migration Policy Institute, UN High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development and the Global Forum on Migration and Development.
Mr Fragomen brings a wealth of experience to this new appointment, having served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Center for Migration Studies. He previously served as Chairman of the Board of
Directors of the Council for Global Immigration among other prestigious boards.
He has also testified before the US Congress on a range of immigration issues.

Austin T. Fragomen

Chair of the GFMD Business Advisory Group

Mr Austin T. Fragomen is the first Chair of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Business Advisory Group. Mr Fragomen is Chairman of the Executive Committee of Fragomen Worldwide, an IOE partner.
Austin Fragomen is also co-author of a renowned series of immigration handbooks that provide business immigration best practices. Mr Fragomen has previously represented business organisations at meetings
of the International Organization of Migration, Migration Policy Institute, UN High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development and the Global Forum on Migration and Development.
Mr Fragomen brings a wealth of experience to this new appointment, having served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Center for Migration Studies. He previously served as Chairman of the Board of
Directors of the Council for Global Immigration among other prestigious boards.
He has also testified before the US Congress on a range of immigration issues.


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The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) is the key international forum to address migration and development interconnections, with a focus on action. It is an informal, non-binding, voluntary and government-led process that reflects the progressive acknowledgement of the value of multilateral approaches to migration and development. Bangladesh chairs the 2016 GFMD.

Issues of workforce mobility, skills and labour market needs matching, fair recruitment and decent work conditions, social welfare and public perception are matters of public and business policy. Governments and the private sector have a shared responsibility to identify labour migration policy solutions that A) allow governments to exert their regulatory mandate, B) are adequately flexible and responsive to business needs, and C) ensure the protection of labour migrants at all skill levels.

The GFMD can significantly strengthen its added-value for sound migration policy by promoting public-private dialogue within its framework. In the past years, a number of efforts through thematic meetings, regional initiatives, informal consultations and roundtables have started to pave the way to bring business leaders to the GFMD tables. Determined to fill the empty seat at the GFMD tables, the GFMD Business Mechanism was launched at the 2015 GFMD Summit and serves as a platform for businesses to engage with Governments and other stakeholders on migration issues.

The International Organisation of Employers (IOE) and the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Migration coordinate the work of the GFMD Business mechanism. Together they form the Business Advisory Group. The GFMD Business Mechanism is housed at the IOE.

Read more about the private sector’s contribution to the GFMD.

 

GFMD and the U.N.

The GFMD Business Mechanism was invited to attend the UN Summit on refugees and migrants in September 2016. In the  New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, UN member states commit to launching a process of intergovernmental negotiations leading to the adoption of a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration at an intergovernmental conference to be held in 2018. The Business Mechanism stands ready to contribute to the process.

The GFMD Business Mechanism also held its thematic meeting at the United Nations in New York in July 2016.

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Links to the GFMD

Dr. Götz Schmidt-Bremme, Ambassador for the 2017-2018 GFMD Co-Chairmanship and Mr. El Habib Nadir, Secretary General, Ministry in Charge of Moroccans living abroad and migration affairs
Dr. Götz Schmidt-Bremme, Ambassador for the 2017-2018 GFMD Co-Chairmanship and Mr. El Habib Nadir, Secretary General, Ministry in Charge of Moroccans living abroad and migration affairs

Germany and Morocco will take over the co-chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) from 1 January 2017 until 31 December 2018.

During this two-year period, the focus will be on the contribution of the GFMD to the United Nations’ Global Compact on Migration.

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