As “policies shaped more by fear than fact” have caused untold suffering to migrants, the UN Secretary-General is urging countries to realize the goals of a global agreement that promotes enhanced international cooperation on migration.
António Guterres issued the charge in his message for International Migrants Day, observed annually on 18 December.
“Safe, orderly and regular migration is in the interest of all. And national priorities on migration are best achieved through international cooperation,” he state
Globally, there are more than 270 million migrants, according to UN estimates.
Last December, countries agreed the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration following 18 months of consultation and negotiation.
Its objectives address the issue at all levels, including mitigating the factors which lead people to leave their homelands, whether to find work or for other reasons.
As the UN chief stressed in his message, all migrants are entitled to human rights protection, which is enshrined in the Global Compact.
“Yet, we often hear narratives around migrants that are harmful and false,” he said. “And we often witness migrants facing unspeakable hardship as a result of policies shaped more by fear than by fact.”
The Secretary-General urged leaders and people everywhere “to bring the Global Compact to life, so that migration works for all.”