GENEVA / IOM NEW CHIEF PRESSER

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With people on the move globally at “unprecedented” levels, the UN’s new migration agency chief insisted that rather than being a problem, host countries should recognize that migrants were what their economies needed to thrive. UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / IOM NEW CHIEF PRESSER
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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DATELINE: 2 OCTOBER 2023 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Wide shot, UN flag alley, UN Geneva
2. Wide shot, speakers and attendees at the press conference, screens with speaker
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Amy Pope, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM):
“We know already that there have been tens of millions of people who are on the move just this year as the result of climate impact. There are hundreds of millions more who live in extremely climate vulnerable communities. And if we do not start now to build out both interventions to help build resilience and stabilize communities, as well as look at migration as an adaptation mechanism, then I think we will experience more significant movements of desperate people.”
4. Wide shot, speakers, attendees, cameramen/women and sound engineers at the press conference, screens with speaker
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Amy Pope, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM):
“Whether it’s climate change, whether it’s conflict, whether it’s the inability to find a job or a future at home, or violence within neighbourhoods or communities, more and more people are looking to find a better life somewhere else in the world.”
6. Med shot, attendees and photographers at the press conference, screen with speaker
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Amy Pope, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM):
“These are people first before we label them as migrants or asylum seekers or anything else, and valuing their human life, recognizing their dignity is key to everything we say and do and whichever member state we work with. So that's critical. But especially as we are reaching the anniversary of Lampedusa, it's an important moment to recognize and recall that ultimately this isn't about a problem, this is about people.”
8. Med shot, attendees and photographers at the press conference, screen with speaker
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Amy Pope, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM):
“When you look at economies that have had a significant influx of migrants over the years, if you look at how they're performing in the future, we see overwhelmingly that people tend to be better off as a result of migration, whether it's because it's fuelling innovation, it's fuelling labour supply, whether it's fuelling the renovation or revitalization of aging communities. Migration, on the whole, is a benefit.”
10. Close shot, photographer at the press conference, screen with speaker
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Amy Pope, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM):
“30 of the biggest economies have experienced very significant labour shortages, and we're seeing it everywhere. So health care, agriculture, construction, hospitality, you name it, the communities themselves are feeling the impacts of those labour shortages. And frankly, while there have been tremendous developments in artificial intelligence, it does not move at the pace to remedy those labour shortages. And many, many of those jobs will not be done well by a machine.”
12. Wide shot, attendees and photographer at the press conference, screen with speaker
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Amy Pope, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM):
“My intent is to begin the work with willing partners who already see the need for it. That means you have to have the private sector at the table, because the private sector is saying, look, we have the jobs. We just don't have people to fill them. Help us get through the red tape, help us to get through, get the access.”
14. Med shot, cameramen / women and photographers at the press conference
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Amy Pope, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM):
“Spain is one of those countries that's a leader on this. Right in meeting with the Spanish government, they've been quite clear that they see labour needs within their country. They recognize migration pathways are one of the ways they meet those labour needs, and they're interested in making investments in communities that are at risk.”
16. Wide shot, attendees at the press conference, screens with speaker
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Amy Pope, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM):
“The purpose of going to the African Union so early is, number one, to recognize when we talk about migration in terms of the African continent, it's recognizing that over 80 percent of the migration takes place in Africa.”
18. Med shot, attendees and photographer at the press conference

STORYLINE:

With people on the move globally at “unprecedented” levels, the UN’s new migration agency chief insisted on today (02 Oct) that rather than being a problem, host countries should recognize that migrants were what their economies needed to thrive.

Speaking to reporters in Geneva on her first official day as head of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Amy Pope said that migrants were “people first” who should not be seen as a problem.

That distinction was more critical than ever today, the IOM Director-General added, noting that it was almost 10 years to the day since a migrant shipwreck off the Italian coastline on 3 October 2013 claimed more than 368 lives. It was the agency’s biggest fear that such tragedies “have been normalized”, Pope said.

“These are people first before we label them as migrants or asylum seekers or anything else, and valuing their human life, recognizing their dignity is key to everything we say and do and whichever Member State we work with,” Pope said.

“Especially as we are reaching the anniversary of Lampedusa, it's an important moment to recognize and recall that ultimately this isn't about a problem, this is about people.”

Migration was not about to end any time soon, Pope continued, given the huge impact of climate shocks, conflict, persecution and other destabilizing influences on fragile communities around the world, from Latin America to Europe, Asia and Africa.

“We know already that there have been tens of millions of people who are on the move just this year as a result of climate impact. There are hundreds of millions more who live in extremely climate vulnerable communities,” she said.

Because of this dramatic status quo endured by so many individuals, the IOM Director-General insisted that unless wealthier nations helped them to withstand drought and other climate shocks, while also embracing the opportunities offered by migration, it was very likely that the world would see more “desperate people” on the move.

“Whether it’s climate change, whether it’s conflict, whether it’s the inability to find a job or a future at home, or violence within neighbourhoods or communities, more and more people are looking to find a better life somewhere else in the world.”

Asked whether US President Joe Biden’s decision last month to allow some 470,000 unregistered Venezuelans to work legally might encourage migration, the IOM chief responded that if there weren’t jobs, “they wouldn't come”.

The UN migration agency’s goal was therefore to call for more “regular, realistic pathways for people,”, Pope said, before highlighting the findings of a World Bank report that underscored how migration was a “powerful force” for poverty reduction.

Today, no less than 30 of the world’s biggest economies are struggling to fill posts in health care, agriculture, construction, hospitality, “you name it”, the IOM chief said. “Frankly, while there have been tremendous developments in artificial intelligence, it does not move at the pace to remedy those labour shortages. And many, many of those jobs will not be done well by a machine.”

Noting how the Spanish Government had embraced the labour solutions offered by migration, Pope insisted that economies that had seen a significant influx of migrants over the years had seen “overwhelmingly that people tend to be better off as a result of migration, whether it's because it's fueling innovation, it's fueling labour supply, whether it's fueling the renovation or revitalization of aging communities. Migration, on the whole, is a benefit.”

As an indication of her priorities, this coming Sunday the new IOM chief heads to Addis Ababa to meet African Union representatives, followed by a visit to Kenya, Somalia and Djibouti.

Over 80 percent of migration takes place in Africa, Pope told reporters, adding that in addition to governments, she intended to pursue discussions for migration solutions with local communities, civil society and the private sector.

She concluded, “You have to have the private sector at the table, because the private sector is saying, ‘Look, we have the jobs, we just don't have people to fill them. Help us get through the red tape, help us to get through, get the access.’
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