UN / MIGRATION GUTERRES

11-Jan-2018 00:01:30
The United Nations (UN) chief today called on the international community to focus on the “overwhelming positives of migration” and to “use facts not prejudice as the basis for addressing its challenges.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / MIGRATION GUTERRES
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DATELINE: 11 JANUARY 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior United Nations

11 JANUARY 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, conference room
3. Med shot, conference room
4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I call for us to focus on the overwhelming positives of migration and to use facts not prejudice as the basis for addressing its challenges.”
5. Med shot, conference room
6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Migration is a positive global phenomenon. It powers economic growth, reduces inequalities, connects diverse societies and helps us ride the demographic waves of population growth and decline.”
7. Wide shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Authorities that erect major obstacles to migration - or place severe restrictions on migrants' work opportunities - inflict needless economic self-harm, as they impose barriers to having their labour needs met in an orderly, legal fashion.”
9. Wide shot, conference room
10. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The best way to end the stigma of illegality and abuse around migrants is, in fact, for governments to put in place more legal pathways for migration. This will remove incentives for individuals to break the rules, while better meeting the needs of markets for foreign labour. It will also aid in efforts to clamp down on smugglers and traffickers and assist their victims.
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The United Nations (UN) chief today (11 Jan) called on the international community to focus on the “overwhelming positives of migration” and to “use facts not prejudice as the basis for addressing its challenges.”

In his remarks at the launch of report Making Migration Work For All, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres emphasized that migration is “a positive global phenomenon.”

He said “it powers economic growth, reduces inequalities, connects diverse societies and helps us ride the demographic waves of population growth and decline.”

According to the UN, migrants make a major contribution to international development – both by their work and by sending remittances to their home countries. Remittances added up to nearly $600 billion in 2017 which are three times all development aid.

On maximizing the benefits of orderly, productive form of migration while stamping out the abuses and prejudice towards migrants, Guterres said “authorities that erect major obstacles to migration – or place severe restrictions on migrants’ work opportunities – inflict needless economic self-harm, as they impose barriers to having their labour needs met in an orderly and legal fashion.”

On ending the stigma of illegality and abuse around migrants, the UN chief said that the best way is for governments to “put in place more legal pathways for migration,” adding that it will “remove incentives for individuals to break the rules, while better meeting the needs of markets for foreign labour. It will also aid in efforts to clamp down on smugglers and traffickers and assist their victims.”

Making Migration Work for All, the report released today to the UN General Assembly, is the Secretary-General’s contribution to the process of developing a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

The report offers the Secretary-General’s vision for constructive international cooperation, examining how to better manage migration, for the benefit of all – the migrants themselves, their host communities and their societies of origin.
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