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21-Feb-2018 00:01:57
UN Special Representative for International Migration Louise Arbour said “it is only with facts and context that we can have a respectful and realistic discussion about migration.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 21 FEBRUARY 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Exterior, United Nations Headquarters

21 FEBRUARY 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, conference room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Louise Arbour, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration, United Nations:
“It is only with facts and context that we can have a respectful and realistic discussion about migration, one that pushes back on the many inaccurate and negative narratives being touted for short-term political gain and misguiding policies.”
4. Wide shot, conference room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Louise Arbour, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration, United Nations:
“Migration is about people’s lives, and it is a complex, life changing experience for generations, for migrants and for host communities. Properly understood and conveyed, their stories are nuanced and deeply personal. Community engagement is the best way to prevent xenophobia and fault narratives about the impact of migrants.”
6. Med shot, President of the General Assembly on stage
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Louise Arbour, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration, United Nations:
“In 2017, nearly 600 billion dollars was remitted internationally, three times greater than all official development assistance. Approximately 450 billion of that was sent to developing countries. And even with these larger sums, migrants put 85 per cent of their earning back into host countries economics through taxes and spending.”
8. Wide shot, conference room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Louise Arbour, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration, United Nations:
“48 per cent of migrants are women, 64 per cent of female migrant work compare to 51 per cent of women worldwide. And these women sent home a higher percentage of their earnings as remittances than men, even though they often work in underemployed and lower-paid environment.”
10. Wide shot, conference room
STORYLINE
UN Special Representative for International Migration Louise Arbour said “it is only with facts and context that we can have a respectful and realistic discussion about migration.”

Speaking today (21 Feb) at the Fourth Informal Multi-stakeholder Hearing on "Facts instead of perceptions: Promoting an evidence-based discussion on migration", Louise Arbour, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration told delegates that facts and context can push back on “the many inaccurate and negative narratives being touted for short-term political gain and misguiding policies.”

Arbour said “migration is about people’s lives, and it is a complex, life changing experience for generations, for migrants and for host communities. Properly understood and conveyed, their stories are nuanced and deeply personal," adding that “community engagement is the best way to prevent xenophobia and fault narratives about the impact of migrants.”

Arbour stressed that “in 2017, nearly 600 billion dollars was remitted internationally, three times greater than all official development assistance,” noting that “approximately 450 billion of that was sent to developing countries.”

She also said “migrants put 85 per cent of their earning back into host countries economics through taxes and spending.”

On women migrant workers, Arbour said “48 per cent of migrants are women, 64 per cent of female migrant work compare to 51 per cent of women worldwide.”

She added “women sent home a higher percentage of their earnings as remittances than men, even though they often work in underemployed and lower-paid environment.”
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