In Geneva, UN Member States and experts discuss demographic, economic dimensions of migration
The talks, focused on the proposed Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration will explore, among others, comprehensive migration policies to address irregular migration and propose more regular pathways including family reunification, regularization, and transition from informal to the formal economy.
“The Global Compact on Migration is in fact the opportunity and the opportunity for States to face the challenges of migration,” said UN Special Representative for Migration, Louise Arbor, at the opening of the meeting.
Recalling the importance of migration as an engine of economic growth, UN General Assembly President Miroslav LajÄák advocated for a global compact, “not just an agreement on paper, but concluded on the basis of a political program.”
According LajÄák, “whatever the nature of our passports, the citizens of the world have the same rights.”
Three panels are also exchanging ideas on how to reduce the costs of labour migration, promote fair and ethical recruitment and explore labour migration schemes between countries of origin and destination.
“While most migrations are well managed and undertaken through completely legal channels, not all people who wish to migrate find the right channel to do so,” Arbor pointed out.
A series of side events will complement these discussions by focusing on topics such as health, ethical recruitment and skills recognition.
At the same time, several intergovernmental meetings are also taking place in Geneva, including the Seventh Global Meeting of Chairs and Secretariats of Consultative Processes on Migration, which focused on the regional inputs to the Global Compact.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has provided support to the GCM consultations, particularly by extending the required technical and policy expertise, including the publication of
Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM)/2017