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UN urges international cooperation to make migration safer in a world on the move

On International Migrants Day, the United Nations is appealing for cooperation in managing migration to ensure that its benefits are most widely distributed, and that human rights of all concerned are protected - as recognized by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

"Evidence overwhelmingly shows that migrants generate economic, social and cultural benefits for societies everywhere," said Secretary-General António Guterres in his message commemorating the International Day, marked annually on 18 December."Yet," he continued, "hostility towards migrants is unfortunately growing around the world. Solidarity with migrants has never been more urgent. Climate change, instability and growing inequalities mean "[migration] is here to stay," Mr. Guterres stated.

As such he called for effective international cooperation in managing migration to ensure that its benefits are most widely distributed and that human rights of all concerned are properly protected - as recognized by the UN 2030 Agenda. For his part, the Director-General of the International Organization of Migration (IOM), William Lacy Swing, made an urgent call for safe migration in a world on the move, which is the theme of the 2017 edition of the International Day.

Mr. Swing called migration a human reality to be managed, not a problem to be solved as he underscored the benefits of the Global Compact for Migration that is expected to be adopted by the end of 2018, once negotiations by UN Member States are concluded.

In parallel, UN human rights experts said:"Migration itself is a natural part of human existence. It is not a crime and it is not a problem. This approach to migration governance shifts emphasis away from closing borders and keeping people out, and towards creating accessible, regular, safe and affordable migration channels, and promoting and celebrating diversity," the stated. 

Source: UN News Centre

Päivitetty/Updated: 18.12.2017




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