United Nations Network On Migration Calls States to Harness The Contributions of Migrants



By Sheriff Saidykhan

The United Nations Network on migration has called on all states to harness the contributions of migrants, as enablers of sustainable development and enhance cooperation to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration. 

This involves full respect for human and labour rights and the humane treatment of migrants, regardless of migration status, as outlined in the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM).

The zoom online forum, held on Friday 4, November 2022 brought together migration experts to dilate on key issues geared towards addressing the plight of migrants.

Yahya Sonko, a Gambian migration activist based in Germany said migrants continue to play a significant role towards accelerating governments efforts, for the socio economic development of the country. He said migrants support many families in terms of remittances.

He added:  “Migrants are key actors across all dimensions of sustainable development. Through their work, their remittances and the links they build between countries, they reduce poverty, provide vital services, and support families and communities in countries of origin, transit and destination. So migrants need to be protected and provide all supports by Government and stakeholders. In my country Diaspora remittances contribute more than 60% of our GDP,” he concluded.


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