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28 September, 2017

Amina Khalid, Project Manager for the Sustainable Communities Programme, gave the key note speech at the launch of the Parliamentary Network on Diaspora Policies, which took place in the Parliament of the Republic of Portugal, on 7-8 September.

She spoke about work of Initiatives of Change and the role of the diaspora in building cohesive societies. She addressed a distinguished audience made up of 47 member states of the Council of Europe and other MPs from the countries of the southern Mediterranean and the Middle East, as well as leaders of emigrants’ associations. The conference aimed to establish a unique parliamentary network through which practical solutions for diaspora problems could be reached through political dialogue, exchange of opinions and information with different stakeholders engaged in the migration debate. ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter, let us not ignore the reality of migration’, said Khalid.

Mr William Lacy Swing, Director General of International Organisation for Migration (IOM) gave a keynote address for the audience. Watch a video below of Khalid speaking at the conference.

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