Migration is a global phenomenon and as such cannot be addressed from a purely national perspective. In order to better meet the challenges of migration and benefit from the positive impact it has on the economic and social development of the migrants' regions of origin, Switzerland has an interest in strengthening cooperation in migration governance at bilateral and multilateral level.
The multilateral dialogue platforms foster bridge-building between countries of origin, transit and destination and promote general cooperation in the area of migration. They facilitate the development of regional and global solutions and aim to achieve an approach to migration based on fair sharing of responsibility and solidarity between countries. Besides representatives of states, they also involve international organisations, UN agencies, and civil society and private-sector actors.
It is in Switzerland's interest that this dialogue is continued at all levels and that Switzerland should play an active part in shaping it.
The Federal Administration has been organised into an interdepartmental structure for international cooperation on migration (ICM structure), which was created by the Federal Council in February 2011 and brings together the relevant offices from the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) and the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP).