Patrick Ayres Taran is President of Global Migration Policy Associates.
He has 35 years full-time professional experience in international
migration, immigration, refugee resettlement and
discrimination/integration work at local, national and global levels.
From 2000 to 2011 he was Senior Migration Specialist at the
International Labour Office (ILO). He was Secretary for Migration at the
World Council of Churches 1990 to 1998; in 1994 he co-founded Migrants
Rights International (MRI) and was program officer for the
IOM-ILO-UNFPA-UNITAR International Migration Policy Programme 1998-2001.
He established and directed the South American Refugee Program in
Seattle (1976-1980) and was programme executive at the Immigration and
Refugee Program of the National Council of Churches USA 1980 to 1990.
His degree majors were social work and Latin America studies at Friends
World College/State University of New York. He currently teaches at
Geneva School of Diplomacy and the ILO International Training Centre,
Turin. Recent publications include Strengthening Migration Governance,
ILO-OSCE (editor), International Migration, Social Cohesion and Development: An Integrated Approach, Council of Europe, and Handbook on Establishing Effective Labour Migration Policies; Mediterranean edition, OSCE-IOM-ILO (coauthor-editor).