Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Eric P. Schwartz will represent the United States at the Fourth Meeting of the Global Forum of Migration and Development in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico starting today.
At this meeting, high-level government representatives from more than 130 countries will discuss issues affecting migrant populations globally in order to enhance the positive impact of migration on development. This is the first time the United States will send a high-level delegation to the Forum. The previous Global Forums were held in Brussels, Manila, and Athens.
The U.S. delegation’s goal will be to articulate principles and policies that serve the broad development objectives of receiving, transit and sending countries, while respecting the dignity, human rights, and well being of people on the move. Migration has played a critical role in our nation’s history. Of the more than 200 million people who live outside the country of their birth today, one in five resides in the United States. As President Obama stated, “the steady stream of hardworking and talented people who have immigrated to the United States over the years has made the United States the engine of the global economy and a beacon of hope around the world.”