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UN chief Antonio Guterres highlighted the “immense potential” of migration

Friday, July 13th 2018 - 05:58 UTC
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“Migrants are a remarkable engine for growth,” Mr. Guterres stressed, noting that they number more than 250 million around the world “Migrants are a remarkable engine for growth,” Mr. Guterres stressed, noting that they number more than 250 million around the world

Secretary-General António Guterres told a press conference at UN Headquarters that “migration is a positive global phenomenon.” The Secretary-General stated that on negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration expected to conclude on Friday in New York, for formal adoption in December in Marrakesh.

 “Migrants are a remarkable engine for growth,” Mr. Guterres stressed, noting that they number more than 250 million around the world, making up 3 per cent of the global population and contributing 10 per cent of the overall global gross domestic product.

Yet more than 60,000 people on the move have died since 2000 – at sea, in the desert and elsewhere, he warned. And often, migrants and refugees are “demonized and attacked”.

Migrants are a remarkable engine for growth – Guterres

The UN chief said the Compact has three important objectives.

First, to reorient national development policies and international development cooperation to take migration into account and create opportunities for people to work and live in dignity at home.

Second, he said, it was vital to strengthen international cooperation against smugglers and human traffickers, and to protect their victims. “Smuggling and trafficking are criminal activities; migration is not”, said the UN chief.

Third, he called for more opportunities on the part of nations worldwide, to broaden legal migration.

Mr. Guterres said that many aging developed countries need migrants to fill crucial gaps in labor markets. Climate change and other factors, “including simple human aspiration, will continue to lead people to seek opportunity far from their homes”.

“If migration is inevitable, it needs to be better organized through effective international cooperation among countries of origin, transit and destination, so that we do not leave control of movements of people in the hands of smugglers,” he said.

Turning to consultations on a Global Compact on Refugees, which were concluded last week for consideration by the General Assembly at the end of the year, Mr. Guterres said that the vast majority of the world’s refugees are hosted in developing countries that themselves face constraints.

“This responsibility must be shared globally,” he said.

The two global compacts are being developed, following the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants in 2016, in which 193 Member States adopted the so-called New York Declaration – an overarching plan to manage large movements of refugees and migrants.

“The two Global Compacts were the product of intense and inclusive consultations bringing together a wide range of actors, including migrants and refugees themselves,” Mr. Guterres said. “These agreements show multilateralism in action and give us a strong platform for progress.”

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  • Patrick Edgar

    There is nothing special or “phenomenal” about migration. It is as common to all living collectives, and even more so to mankind. It will simply happen always. It's an aspect of nature. Our problem is trying to control it, and regulate it's quantity. Something that misses the mark all together! Migration is not “allowed less” or “allowed more”. It is not to be praised or to be rejected. Migration is a double edge sword, in can be infusing of fresh new elements which potentiate and reinvigorate civilization, or it can cause chaos confusion and lethargy... and even backwards undoing of civilization. What side that sword gives us has to do not with mainly two forces. One is yes, the rate or “amount speed” of that immigration. The other has to do with the effectiveness quality and amount of how well it is absorbed and integrated. These two things are what we need to be talking about, starting with how well is the country providing the learning of the local language. This is what we need to be talking about; what are we doing to infuse immigration, how well are we succeeding at it, and how much excess or unabsorbed are we living with.

    Jul 13th, 2018 - 10:02 am 0
  • chronic

    Get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US.

    Jul 13th, 2018 - 04:11 pm 0
  • Patrick Edgar

    So what beneficial effect are you suggesting that will have? Because I have a much better idea than that one ...

    Jul 13th, 2018 - 07:33 pm 0
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