“The Compact reflects a growing global understanding of the great benefits of human mobility. But it also recognizes that, if poorly managed, migration can generate huge challenges, from a tragic loss of life to rights abuses and social tensions”, mentioned Secretary-General António Guterres, launching his biennial report on the Compact’s implementation.
While the coronavirus pandemic heightened challenges and negatively affected greater than 2.7 million migrants, notably girls and women, new practices have emerged to guard these on the transfer, added Mr. Guterres, in a video message to accompany the launch.
The Secretary-General outlined initiatives by international locations reminiscent of extending residence and work permits, regularizing the standing of undocumented migrants, and pursuing alternate options to detention.
“And while some States have suspended returns owing to unsafe conditions, others have made efforts to ensure that those returning or who have been deported are supported”, he mentioned.
Strengthen societies ‘against the virus of hate’
Noting that “much more can and should be done”, the UN chief referred to as for such initiatives to be expanded.
Mr. Guterres outlined three key suggestions, the primary of which is to embrace the spirit of collaboration “no country can address migration alone.”
He additionally mentioned that the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the worth of migrant labour, urging international locations to “meaningfully” acknowledge their contributions, by means of motion reminiscent of guaranteeing truthful and moral recruitment; first rate work, and entry to well being care and social safety, with out discrimination.
Alongside, social inclusion and cohesion ought to be strengthened between host communities and migrants, and discrimination points addressed, added the UN chief.
“Migrants should not be stigmatized or denied access to medical treatment and other public services. We must strengthen the immunity of our societies against the virus of hate”, he urged.
Diversity an asset
Highlighting that human range is an asset, not a menace, the Secretary-General urged everybody to respect the “richness of our differences” whereas by no means shedding sight of our frequent humanity and dignity.
“We can draw on the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration to cover better from COVID-19, with greater inclusion and sustainability … and if we are united, we can make migration work for all.”