News ID: 318806
Published: 0307 GMT December 18, 2021

UN chief calls for effective int’l cooperation, more compassionate approach to migration

UN chief calls for effective int’l cooperation, more compassionate approach to migration
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Children stand in front of a fence and look at Polish law enforcement officers who stand on the other side of the frontier on the Belarusian-Polish border in the Grodno region, Belarus, on November 17, 2021.

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on International Migrants Day called for more effective international cooperation and a more compassionate approach to migration.

“On this International Migrants Day, we recognize the contributions of migrants across the world in the face of many struggles including the COVID-19 pandemic” the message reads.

The UN chief said migrants continue to face widespread stigmatization, inequalities, xenophobia, and racism. Migrant women and girls face heightened risk of gender-based violence and have fewer options to seek support. With borders closed, many migrants are stranded without income or shelter, unable to return home, separated from their families, and with uncertain futures.

“Yet throughout the pandemic, migrants have enriched societies everywhere and are often on the frontlines of the pandemic response as scientists, health care professionals and essential workers” he said.

Guterres noted that the International Migration Review Forum next year will take stock of progress in implementing the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. It is an opportunity to advance efforts to ensure the full inclusion of migrants as we seek to build more resilient, just and sustainable societies.

“We need more effective international cooperation and a more compassionate approach to migration and this means managing borders humanely, fully respecting human rights and humanitarian needs of everyone, and ensuring that migrants are included in national COVID-19 vaccination plans. It means recognizing the value of pathways for regular entry for both migrants and host countries. And it means addressing the underlying drivers behind migration, including deep inequalities, and combatting human smuggling and trafficking in people.”

 

 

 

 

   
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