Encouraging migration can help address population ageing: UN

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A grandmother feeds her two year old granddaughter in Naubise, Dhading. Nepal Photo: Aisha Faquir/World Bank

Migration can help countries address the challenge of an ageing population, the UN Secretary-General Chef de Cabinet said on Monday.

Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti  was speaking on behalf of the UN Chief  at the opening of the latest session of the Commission on Population and Development at UN Headquarters in New York.

This year's theme is on "Strengthening the demographic evidence base for the post-2015 development agenda."

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

The Commission was established in 1946 and the Secretary-General’s Chef de Cabinet pointed out that since then, people are living longer and healthier lives.

Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti said practically all populations are growing older with some already experiencing a decline in the number of people of working age and a rise in the number of retirees.

Investing in people will help alleviate the financial difficulties associated with a greying population, she said, by fostering healthy ageing and ensuring that older people can fully participate in society.

"Governments can also promote measures to slow the process of population ageing. In countries that have seen the birth rate fall to historically unprecedented levels, parents should be supported, in particular mothers, so that they are better able to manage the demands of working and raising children at the same time. International migration can also help to address the challenges of population ageing, by adding workers to the population and reducing the average age."

Ms Viotti encouraged Governments to facilitate migration that is safe, orderly and regular.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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