Govts Inflicting 'Self-Harm' By Blocking Migration -Says UN Chief

Govts Inflicting 'Self-Harm' By Blocking Migration -Says UN Chief

The UN Member States must be prepared to manage large movements of migrants, warned UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, in a report made public on Thursday.

As noted in his report, migrants make an important contribution to global development, both for their work and for sending remittances to their countries of origin. In 2017 alone, migrants sent home approximately $600 billion in remittances, which is three times all official development assistance.

"Authorities that erect major obstacles to migration - or place severe restrictions on migrants' work opportunities - inflict needless economic self-harm", Guterres said. The global compact on safe, orderly and regular migration will provide member-nations the opportunity to maximise those benefits and better address migration challenges.The report points to an estimated 258 million worldwide migrants, or 3.4% of the world's population, with levels expected to increase.

Guterres was presenting his report of recommendations for the UN's Global Compact on Migration, which he hopes would be adopted by participating UN Member States in 2018.

At the same time, it also highlights the important role of all stakeholders - including municipalities, legislatures, civil society, the private sector, regional organizations, the media, academia and migrants themselves.

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The "States need to strengthen the rule of law underpinning how they manage and protect migrants - for the benefit of their economies, their societies and migrants themselves", said United Nations chief in this report.

However, the USA will be absent from the event, which aims to adopt a global compact on the issue by December.

"Unlike the refugee issue, "there is no centralized capacity at the United Nations to manage migration" and the United Nations approach remains" fragmented" on this matter, stressed Antonio Guterres.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted the contributions of migrants around the world and called for the development of global policies that protect them and guarantee safe journeys.

Arbour further stated that while much progress has been made in dealing with hard issues around migration, however, the increased understanding has not always been reflected in world public opinion and recent reactions towards global migration have been a cause for concern.

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