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A new Strategic Partnership Framework (SPF) with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will further strengthen Australia’s important relationship with the organisation.

Today the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton met with the Director General of IOM William Lacy Swing in Canberra where they signed the new SPF. 

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said this signing marks a milestone for Australia’s relationship with IOM.

“We both commit to cooperating strategically on key shared migration priorities, establishing structured dialogue to enhance governance arrangements and to develop and implement programmes that make substantial positive difference to migrants,” said Mr Dutton.

The meeting also provided an opportunity to reflect on Australia’s longstanding relationship with IOM.

Director General Swing presented the Minister with a commemorative photo book entitled Offering Opportunities and Building Capacities – Australia and IOM, Partnerships in Action. This publication celebrates shared achievements by IOM and Australia over more than sixty years of engagement.

“Since its founding in 1951, Australia and IOM have shared a close collaborative working relationship. Australia was one of the sixteen countries that formed the original membership of IOM, and Australia continues to value the important role this organisation plays,” Mr Dutton said.

Mr Dutton emphasised the important role IOM plays in international migration, which is why they are such an important partner organisation for Australia.

“IOM has shown commitment to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. This has defined it as the leading organisation for international migration.”

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