August 20, 2016

Time to translate our shared vision into action

Many people see migrant workers as a problem of poverty that should be addressed without any further delay. However, poverty alone cannot be blamed for immigration. It is easy to understand that no person would immigrate for no reason. Immigrants risk being exploited and abused by human traffickers and expose themselves to a number of other dangers.
The number of international migrants this year has hit 232 million, up from 175 million in 2000, according to the United Nations’ statistics. People from the developing world find it hard to resist the temptation of well-paid jobs in developed countries. In fact, immigration is something that neither can nor should be solved, given its contributions to the economic growth of countries of origin as well as those of destination.
This year has witnessed thousands of migrants risking their lives in search of safer, greener pastures. Migration being an unavoidable issue, the only course of action left to us is to make a difference in the lives of millions of migrants across the world.
It is reasonable to assume that our world is a multicultural society. It is, therefore, time for all of us to translate our shared vision into action by calling for the respect of human rights and international labour rights while condemning manifestations of racism and intolerance. It is neither too late nor too early for the world to come together to address the root causes of migration and find solutions to what keeps driving people out of their homes.


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