On this day every year, 280 million people migrate in search of “a better life.”

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280 million people migrate in search of "a better life"

  • news by AUN News correspondent
  • Sunday, December 18, 2022
  • AUN News – ISSN: 2949-8090

Summary:

  • “Deaths and abductions According to the top UN official, thousands of migrants have gone missing, and at least 51,000 have died during the previous eight years.

  • The head of the ILO said that migrant workers have the right to international protections for human rights and labour standards, such as freedom of association and collective bargaining, not being mistreated, and safe and healthy places to work.

  • Mr. Houngbo stressed how important it is to recruit well, especially by getting rid of fees charged to migrant workers.

  • Migrant workers’ abuses affect all of us, according to the ILO chief.

  • Developmental cornerstone message, António Vitorino, the head of the International Migration Organization (IMO), said that immigrants “are a cornerstone of progress and development.

More than 80% of people who cross borders in a safe and orderly manner are praised by Secretary-General António Guterres as being significant forces behind “economic growth, dynamism, and understanding.”

In the letter he sent to mark the day, he said, “But uncontrolled migration along increasingly dangerous routes—the cruel domain of traffickers—continues to exact a terrible price.”

Deaths and abductions

According to the top UN official, thousands of migrants have gone missing, and at least 51,000 have died during the previous eight years.

He emphasized that “migrant rights are human rights” and stated that “behind every number is a human being”—a sister, brother, daughter, son, mother, or father.

“They must be acknowledged without distinction, regardless of whether their migration is compelled, voluntary, or officially sanctioned,” the statement reads.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres  meets South Sudanese refugees who are awaiting relocation in  Imvepi Camp, in Uganda.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres visits South Sudanese refugees in the Imvepi refugee camp in Uganda. These people are waiting to be moved to a new home.

“Do everything you can.”

Mr. Guterres told the world to “do everything possible” to stop them from dying. He said this was both a moral and humanitarian duty.

He also pushed for more international investment in the countries where people come from “so that migration is a choice and not a necessity,” search-and-rescue operations, medical care, more and different rights-based migration channels, and better medical help.

The Secretary-General declared, “There is a crisis of solidarity, not a migration crisis.” “Let us defend our shared humanity and uphold everyone’s rights and dignity daily.”

According to the UN Secretary-General, there is a crisis of solidarity rather than a migration issue.

Acknowledge basic rights

The head of the International Labor Organization (ILO), Gilbert F. Houngbo, talked about how important it is to protect the rights of the 169 million migrant workers worldwide.

In his message for the day, he explicitly stated that “the international community must do better to ensure… [that] they can achieve their basic human and labour rights.”

The most senior ILO official noted that depriving migrant workers of their ability to exercise fundamental rights makes them “invisible, defenceless, and devalued for their contributions to society.”

Vulnerabilities

And they become much more open to discrimination when race, ethnicity, and gender come into contact with one another.

Mr. Houngbo noted that migrants do not always go missing during their perilous and frantic travels.

The undocumented are particularly vulnerable to abuse, and “many migrant domestic, agricultural, and other laborers are secluded and out of reach of those who could protect them.”

A just migration of labour

Meanwhile, the ILO works with governments, businesses, and employees to make equitable labor migration a reality.

The head of the ILO said that migrant workers have the right to international protections for human rights and labor standards, such as freedom of association and collective bargaining, not being treated unfairly, and having safe and healthy places to work.

Additionally, they should have the right to social advancement, protection, and acknowledgement.

Mr. Houngbo stressed how important it is to recruit well, especially by getting rid of fees charged to migrant workers. This can help stop forced labor and human trafficking.

Migrant workers’ abuses affect all of us, according to the ILO chief.

He said, “Access to a decent job is one of the most important ways for migrants to grow and contribute to society.”

“We must acknowledge that the injustices experienced by migrant workers also affect all of us. We must improve.

Developmental cornerstone

In his message, António Vitorino, the head of the International Migration Organization (IMO), said that immigrants “are a cornerstone of progress and development.”

He said we couldn’t let immigration, hatred, and stories that divide us take our attention away from the most essential ideas.

The IMO chairman emphasized that “their rights must be protected” no matter what drives them to travel.

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