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Magdy Martínez-Solimán: Remarks at Thematic Session

Thank you Your Excellencies, Madame Chair, Ambassador Lodhi, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, Ambassador Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations, and Ambassador Gomez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico, for giving UNDP the opportunity to contribute to this debate. 

As we heard today, there is no typical profile of migrants around the world. Fruit pickers, nurses, political refugees, domestic helpers, construction workers, academics and computer programmers are all part of the nearly 1 billion people on the move, both within their own countries and overseas. Targeted policies are essential to maximise this diversity and enable migrants to contribute with their skills, knowledge, labour and investments to the development of their country of origin and of destinations, are thus essential.

The human and professional capital of migrants and diasporas  contribute to a country’s national and local development.

The 2030 Agenda requires transforming migration from the hazardous journey it is today to a safe, regulated and de-stigmatized circulation of talent and workforce to achieve key development outcomes at home and abroad.  Capacity building for achieving the migration-related SDG targets is crucial for development.

In Morocco, for instance, the Government has integrated human mobility into the national development strategy after comprehensive discussions with diaspora organizations, immigrants, civil society and local governments.  We work with our Moroccan Counterparts to exchange their experience with Bangladesh, Ecuador, Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Serbia and Tunisia in the context of an IOM/UNDP joint programme – supported by the Swiss Government- for better human mobility and development.

Much is usually said of national government's work, but less attention is given to local administration's share of the effort.  

In Turkey, Serbia and Jordan, for example, we are supporting  municipalities’ capacities to cope with the impact of massive migration on their labour markets, housing needs, health systems, education, institutions and other services strongly affected by voluminous departures, transits or arrivals.

In conclusion, we believe that good migration policies are development policies and that governments can create enabling frameworks at origin and destination countries to maximize the contribution of migrants to national and local development. This is an area of importance for the global compact for migration. With our partners in and outside the UN system, UNDP is supporting Member States in this endeavour.

Thank you.

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25 July 2017

Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 60,521 in 2017; Deaths: 1,530

Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 60,521 in 2017; Deaths: 1,530

Switzerland  - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 60,521 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 24 May, with over 80 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 193,333 arrivals across the region through 21 May 2016. 

IOM Rome reported that, through 24 May this year, 50,267 migrants or refugees have landed in Italy (See chart below), however that does not include all the men, women and children who are believed to have been rescued over the past 48 hours.

14 June 2017

Switzerland

29-30 Sep 2016 - Bishkek  Government of Kyrgyz Republic hosts Global Project Board Meeting

29-30 Sep 2016 - Bishkek  Government of Kyrgyz Republic hosts Global Project Board Meeting

Ms. Kudaiberdieva Gulnara, Vice Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, welcomed representatives for the Global Project Board Meeting held in Bishkek in September 2016.

29 May 2017

Iraq

Afghanistan | IOM Return of Undocumented Afghans Weekly Situation Report | 14 - 20 May 2017

Afghanistan | IOM Return of Undocumented Afghans Weekly Situation Report | 14 - 20 May 2017

Return from Pakistan A total of 4,564 undocumented Afghans spontaneously returned or were deported from Pakistan through the Turkham border (Nangarhar province) border crossing from 14-20 May 2017, according to the Border Monitoring Team of the Directorate of Refugees and Repatriation (DoRR). Of the total returnees, 4,535 were spontaneous returnees in family groups and 29 were deported individuals. This is a 3% increase from the previous week and brings the total number of undocumented Afghans returnees from Pakistan since 1 January 2017 to 59,985. IOM provided post-arrival assistance to 98% of undocumented Afghan returnees from Pakistan (4,471 individuals), including 1,055 single parents and 15 special cases. The assistance provided includes meals, accommodation, Non-Food Items (NFIs), onward transportation and referral services, as well as support from partners (see Annex 1) .

29 May 2017

Afghanistan

IOM-UNDP Joint Global Programme - Mainstreaming Migration into National Development Strategies

IOM-UNDP Joint Global Programme - Mainstreaming Migration into National Development Strategies

Migration and development are intimately related as they impact one another.  Development goals and policies can influence migration decisions, conditions and consequences. Likewise, migration can be perceived as a consequence, a driver or an inherent aspect of economic, social cultural and political factors that influence the achievement of development goals outlined, for example, in national, sectoral or local policies.

Acknowledging such a reciprocal relationship between migration and development, the international community has made repeated calls for ensuring greater coherence in both domains, including through mainstreaming migration into policy planning processes.

29 May 2017

Iraq