Countries urged to create “regular safe and orderly channels” for migration

Ban Ki-moon at GFMD Forum Meeting, 14-16 May 2014, Stockholm.Photo: GFMD / Mikael Sjöberg

Governments around the world have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to create what he called "regular, safe and orderly channels for migration."

Ban Ki-moon spoke at the opening of the Global Forum on Migration and Development in Stockholm, Sweden on Wednesday.

He said that "more than one in 30 people on earth is a migrant" and that migration affects all countries.

Secretary-General Ban reminded participants in Stockholm that migrants contribute to the economies of the countries to which they have travelled.

"Our communities have much to gain from migration when it is managed properly – and much to lose when it is not.  I call on all countries to rally around the common goal of creating regular, safe and orderly channels of migration. Together, we can show that when we promote and protect the human rights of migrants and their families, regardless of their migration status, we benefit all the people around the world."(33")

Mr. Ban urged all States that have not done so to ratify and implement all international treaties related to migration.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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