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Thursday, 11 January 2018
In the headlines:
Migration should be act of hope, not despair; UN
chief proposes ways to maximize migrants'
In Damascus, UN aid chief outlines measures to
improve response to Syrian crisis in 2018
In Hargeisa, UN envoy for Somalia calls for calm
and dialogue following clashes
UN agencies call for funds to reverse food ration
cuts for refugees in Rwanda
Boko Haram attacks, human trafficking threaten
progress in West Africa and Sahel UN envoy
Migration should be act of hope, not despair; UN chief proposes
ways to maximize migrants' contributions
11 January Laying out his vision for concrete steps the world can
take in 2018 to maximize the contribution millions of migrants are
already making to our societies and to agree a set of actions to ensure
that the rights of all migrants are fully respected, United Nations
Secretary-General Antnio Guterres on Thursday said the issue of
migration calls for a truly global response.
"Let me emphasize: migration is a positive global phenomenon. It
powers economic growth, reduces inequalities, connects diverse
societies and helps us ride the demographic waves of population
growth and decline," said Mr. Guterres, launching Making
Migration Work for All at UN Headquarters, in New York.
Globally, migrants make a major contribution to international
development both by their work as well as through remittances back
to their home countries. Last year, migrants remitted nearly $600 billion, three times all development aid.
"The majority of migrants live and work legally," said the UN chief, noting however, that "others live in the shadows,
unprotected by the law and unable to contribute fully to society."