Migration a reality of the 21st Century: BanListen /
Migration is a reality of the 21st century, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message on International Migrants Day on Wednesday 18 December.
The Secretary-General said it was essential that we conduct an open debate on this important subject. He noted that almost half of migrants are women; one in ten is under the age of 15; forty per cent live in developing countries.
"Let us make migration work for the benefit of migrants and countries alike," Secretary-General Ban said, adding: "We owe this to the millions of migrants who, through their courage, vitality and dreams, help make our societies more prosperous, resilient and diverse."
On this International Migrants Day, the Secretary-General urged Governments to ratify and implement all core international human rights instruments, including the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families.
And he called on people and Governments everywhere to reject xenophobia and embrace migration as a key enabler for equitable, inclusive and sustainable social and economic development.
He stressed that international migration was a powerful tool for reducing poverty and enhancing opportunity adding, that is why there are now some 232 million international migrants bringing consistent benefits to countries of destination and origin through their essential labour and remittances.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.