Expert in migration management and policy development, Laurent DE BŒCK is currently based in Yemen, where he represents the International Organization for Migration. His work is a mixt between migration and development, and emergency response to migrants and displaced population in Yemen. Previously, he was in Geneva, where he acted as Head of Labour Mobility & Human Development Division in the (IOM) Headquarters. From September 2012 to February 2015, he was Chief of Mission of IOM to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
With over twenty years of experience in migration issues, he has a vast expertise various migration-related fields, such migration technical cooperation with States, international migration law, trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, labour migration, international migration & development, health migration, movements and assistance to stranded migrants and IDPs, as well as and post-crisis emergency responses.
From 2010 to 2012, he was the Director of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Observatory on Migration, acting for the Secretary General of the ACP Group of States and covering the 79 ACP countries. From 2006 to 2010, he was Deputy Regional Representative and Regional Programme Development and Donor Relations Officer at the IOM Regional Office for West and Central Africa. From 2001 to 2005, he has been responsible for donor relations and fund-raising activities to the European Union and European Member States. His work with IOM has taken him to Indonesia, Haiti and Madagascar where he played a key role in developing long-term programming strategies and post-earthquakes, cyclones and tsunami contingency responses, early-warning and disaster-risk reduction activities. He has also been involved into reconstruction and development programmes of post-crisis situations such as in Rwanda, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bosnia-and-Herzegovina and Kosovo. In the majority of his functions, he has developed mechanisms, policies and framework to engage diaspora into the long-term development and the reconstruction of their countries of origin.
He obtained a degree in Public and International Affairs, Diplomacy and International Economy from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium and the University of Tilburg in The Netherlands, as well as a degree in Social and Economic Sciences.