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Updated On: Wednesday, 26 September 2018
Development Issues

The Positive Impacts of Migration

Content by: South-South News

12 January 2018, New York, USA | South-South News — UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on the international community to focus on the “overwhelming positives of migration” and to “use facts not prejudice as the basis for addressing its challenges.”

In his remarks at the launch of report “Making Migration Work For All” on January 11, Guterres emphasized that migration is “a positive global phenomenon.”

He said, “It powers economic growth, reduces inequalities, connects diverse societies and helps us ride the demographic waves of population growth and decline.”

According to the UN, migrants make a major contribution to international development – both by their work and by sending remittances to their home countries. Remittances added up to nearly $600 billion in 2017 which are three times all development aid.

On maximizing the benefits of orderly, productive form of migration while stamping out the abuses and prejudice towards migrants, Guterres said, “Authorities that erect major obstacles to migration – or place severe restrictions on migrants’ work opportunities – inflict needless economic self-harm, as they impose barriers to having their labor needs met in an orderly and legal fashion.”

On ending the stigma of illegality and abuse around migrants, the UN chief said that the best way is for governments to “put in place more legal pathways for migration,” adding that it will “remove incentives for individuals to break the rules, while better meeting the needs of markets for foreign labor. It will also aid in efforts to clamp down on smugglers and traffickers and assist their victims.”


“Making Migration Work for All,” the report released today to the UN General Assembly, is the Secretary-General’s contribution to the process of developing a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

The report offers the Secretary-General’s vision for constructive international cooperation, examining how to better manage migration, for the benefit of all – the migrants themselves, their host communities and their societies of origin.


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