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Experts call for international perspective on migration

Experts call for international perspective on migration

Meriam Jelliti
Doha
THERE is a need for a global perspective on migration as migration across the world stands at an all-time high today, said Coordinator for Migration and Refugee Issues at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs Nicola Clase.
Taking part in a session on the challenge of migration and how to tackle it, Clase remarked: “The number of displaced individuals and migrants is at an all-time high. Biggest movement of people is within continents, and migration diplomacy is getting increasingly important.”
According to her, the largest number of migrants is hosted by Asia (80 million) followed by Europe (78 million). Clase said that with 272 million migrants in the world, there is a need for a constructive dialogue, highlighting the role of education in reducing migration and determining the best conditions for legal migration.
The Commissioner for Social affairs of African Union Amira al Fadil stressed the importance of determining the root causes for migration, adding that managing migration is a top priority in the African Union for building an integrated, united and peaceful Africa.
“We have natural resources and a young workforce. Africa is the future not only of Africans but also the world, and therefore the migration issue needs to be tackled effectively. Migration within Africa is more than outside Africa”.
Fadil added: “Migration is everyone’s right but the question is ‘how’. Addressing the root causes of migration can alone minimise the risk of illegal migration.”
Fadil also emphasised the responsibility of global leaders, and described the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) as a step forward in following a comprehensive approach to optimise the benefits of migration and address challenges of different languages, legal systems and levels of technological and socio-economic development in African countries.
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajcak termed migration as “a global challenge that needs global solutions.”
“We all must work together as partners to address the problem of migration. We must review our approaches and address root causes rather than consequences of migration”, he remarked.
Referring to the transition of North Africa, Director of Sadeq Institute Anas el Gomati said: “It should be about inclusion, not exclusion and about resilience.”

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