On Tuesday 18 April Bart Somers, the President of the ALDE Group in the Committee of the Regions (ALDE-CoR) and Mayor of Mechelen, travelled to New York to participate in the International Dialogue on Migration 2017 organised by the United Nations (UN)'s International Organisation for Migration (IOM). The event gathers key migration actors to strengthen international cooperation and migration governance on all levels, including the local level.
Somers, as part of the panel on "Reaching a whole of government approach to migration: national and local perspectives", spoke about his successful policies and views as Mayor of the Belgian city of Mechelen. In fact, recently Bart Somers has been awarded the 2016 World Mayor Prize for his inclusive policies and outstanding achievements in welcoming refugees, his long-term work for integration of immigrants as well as for his work at a European level as Committee of the Regions rapporteur.
His vast experience on different governmental levels contributed to the panel's look at approaches to migration governance, reviewing various mechanisms in place in certain countries and how these work together.
Straks als burgemeester spreken in UN-hoofdkwartier voor International Dialogue on Migratiin. Toch wel bijzonder ! pic.twitter.com/bScrg4H962— Bart Somers (@BartSomers) April 18, 2017
Watch below a short interview with Bart Somers by the International Organisation for Migration in New York:
Prior to his panel discussion, Somers also spoke with representatives of the Belgium mission to the United Nations and with Antonio Parenti, Minister-Counsellor of the EU's Delegation to the United Nations.