Ambassador Laura Thompson, IOM deputy director general, talks migrants’ rights with Devex senior reporter Michael Igoe.

Few issues have been politicized in the way that migration has in the last few years.

On the one hand, that makes the work to secure migrants’ rights exceedingly difficult. Yet on the other hand, events like the Syrian refugee crisis have driven unprecedented attention to complex issues of migration and human mobility in the modern world.

The International Organization for Migration is at the center of this storm. Devex spoke with Ambassador Laura Thompson, the IOM’s deputy director general, to hear her assessment of the current state of migrants’ rights, the efforts underway to integrate them, and the role for the private sector in that process.

Across Borders is a monthlong online conversation hosted by Devex and partners — World Vision, the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department, the U.S. nonprofit partner of the International Organization for Migration and United Nations Volunteers — to analyze and amplify the discussion on global migration and current refugee crises through the lens of global security, development cooperation and humanitarian aid work, and more. Visit the campaign site and join the conversation on social media tagging @devex and #AcrossBorders.

About the author

  • Michael Igoe

    Michael Igoe is a Senior Reporter with Devex, based in Washington, D.C. He covers U.S. foreign aid, global health, climate change, and development finance. Prior to joining Devex, Michael researched water management and climate change adaptation in post-Soviet Central Asia, where he also wrote for EurasiaNet. Michael earned his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, where he majored in Russian, and his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied international conservation and development.