We have a special responsibility towards migrants: PGA

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John Ashe

Protecting the rights of all migrants must be the cornerstone of our migration policies, President of the UN General Assembly Dr. John Ashe told a High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development Thursday.

He said during economic downturns, migrants become easy scapegoats, but stressed that we must take a strong stand against this.

Ambassador Ashe said we have a special responsibility towards those migrants who are most vulnerable, especially undocumented migrants, women, children, youth and migrants stranded in humanitarian crises.

” The equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family are the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world. These words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights apply also, and in particular, to the more than 230 million international migrants.” (19″)

General Assembly President John Ashe says the past seven years, since the first High-level Dialogue was held, have confirmed that well-managed migration reduces poverty, improves human capital, and contributes to global development.

He said in 2012, migrants sent over $400 billion in remittance flows, compared to $126 billion in official development assistance. They also contribute to the transfer of knowledge, skills and technology.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration:  1’16″

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