IMRF Side Event: Engaging the Private Sector for Enhanced Migrants’ Socio-economic (Re)Integration


The GCM has highlighted the importance of multi-stakeholder approaches, including engagement with the private sector together with other non-governmental stakeholders, as part of more comprehensive solutions to migration and development. The resources and unique capabilities of the private sector and its different constituents make it a crucial partner for improving the lives of migrants and communities around them, and for enhancing the contribution of migrants to sustainable development in countries of origin and destination alike.

Companies and other private sector actors can contribute to the socio-economic (re)integration of immigrants and returnees in multiple ways, such as through integrating migrants as part of their workforce, leveraging their supply chains to employ migrants, but also offering or supporting training opportunities, and advocating for migrants’ (re)integration. International organizations as well as national and local governments have increasingly involved the private sector in migration processes over the last two decades. This side event aims to take stock of lessons learnt from existing initiatives and lay the ground for further interventions.


  • Opening Remarks
  • Panel Discussion
    • Moderator: Ms. Dima Al-Khatib, UNDP Resident Representative, Republic of Moldova
    • Mr. Gary Slaiman, Counsel to Morgan Lewis & Bockious, Member of the Executive Committee of the Business Advisory Group on Migration and Corporate Outreach, Advisor to Talent Beyond Boundaries, United States
    • Ms. Estrella Mai Dizon-Anonuevo, Executive Director, Global Academy on Migration and Development and Chairperson, Atikha Overseas Workers and Communities Initiatives Inc., Philippines
    • Mr. Robinson Sathekge, Sub-Unit Head Migration, City of Johannesburg, South Africa
    • Ms. Jihen Zgouli, Responsible Marketing, Maghrebia, Tunisia
    • Mr. Rodrigo Terán, President of the Mexicali Chapter of the National Chamber of the Restaurant and Seasoned Food Industry (CANIRAC), Mexico
    • Ms. Olga Surugiu, CEO, Orange, Republic of Moldova
  • Discussion / Q&A
  • Closing Remarks

Interpretation will be available in French and Spanish.

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