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Bonn, December 18 (OurVoice): Germany-based international development organisation Seraji Foundation demanded the international communities and states to ensure the rights and security of the migrants in the respective regions for their progressive role and contribution to the international development.

A joint statement signed by the President and General Secretary of Seraji Foundation respectively AHM Abdul Hai and Md Khurshid Hasan stressed on the security of the diaspora communities on the occasion of the international day on migration on 18 December 2018. It added, the financial contribution is only a small part of the large scale contribution of the migrant communities in their home countries and destination countries. Though the financial contribution is huge in amount, the qualitative aspect of their non-financial remittance is also quite significant for the sustainable growth in the one world phenomenon. But unfortunately the world leaders are yet to play the due role and responsibility for the rights and security of the diasporas both in the so-called northern and also in the southern regions.

SF officials appreciated the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) by an overwhelming majority of UN Member States in the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in Marrakech one week ago.

António Vitorino, Director General of International Organization for Migration (IOM) in a statement said, migration is the great issue of our era. Migration With Dignity is the theme of 2018’s International Migrants Day, which we observe on Tuesday (18 December).

The message added, “dignity is at the core of our mission. Treating all migrants with dignity is the fundamental requirement we face before anything else we attempt on migration—a troubling issue coming at a troubling time for the world community—because our future depends on it. So, too, does our present.

We are today a species on the move; hundreds of millions of us are, in the broadest sense, migrants. There remains much to do. And learn. But dignity comes first. Foremost, the dignity to choose.

Migration is a force for dignity because it allows people to choose to save themselves, protect themselves, educate themselves, or free themselves. It lets millions choose participation over isolation, action over idleness, hope over fear and prosperity over poverty.

We must dignify those choices by paying them respect. We respect them by treating those who make such choices with dignity.

We also have the choice. To answer migrants’ hopes with our acceptance; to answer their ambition with opportunities. To welcome rather than repudiate their arrival.

We must also respect and listen to those who have become frightened of the changes that migration brings to their lives. Whether their fears are warranted or not, they are authentic and deserve to be addressed with dignity.

Unless we give all citizens the assurance their choices, too, are respected, we risk losing a real opportunity for progress. Migration embodies choices we make together – either by responding to our new neighbours (or potential new neighbours) with a sense of community, or not.

The adoption earlier this month (10 December) in Marrakech of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) by an overwhelming majority of UN Member States takes us one step towards dignity for all, and towards a more balanced discourse and widespread cooperation on migration.

The GCM strikes a delicate balance between the sovereignty of nations and the security, and dignity, we demand for every individual.

As we turn now to celebrate the United Nations’ annual International Migrants Day we’ll do well to remind ourselves of that balance, and how the two sides do not compete with each other. They complement.

The Compact stresses all states need well-managed migration, and that no one state can achieve this on its own. Cooperation at all levels is fundamental to addressing migration.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 18 December as International Migrants Day in 2000. That same year, in its annual World Migration Report, IOM stated that more than 150 million international migrants celebrated the turn of the millennium outside their countries of birth.

Eighteen years on, the trend of men, women and children on the move has continued upward. Eighteen years on, we’ve seen the number of international migrants grow to an estimated 258 million people. Another 40 million people are currently internally displaced by conflict, and every year millions of others (18.8 million in 2017) are forced from their homes by climate-related disasters and natural hazards.

IOM’s data show that close to 3,400 migrants and refugees have already lost their lives worldwide in 2018. Most died trying to reach Europe by sea; many others perished attempting to cross deserts or pass through dense forests seeking safety far from official border crossings. These numbers, compiled daily by IOM staff, shame us.

IOM reaffirms that migration is a driving force for progress and development not just for those on the move, but also for transit countries and especially, receiving communities in destination countries.”

Notably, in 1997 migrant organizations in Asia began marking 18 December as the International Day of Solidarity with Migrants. On 4 December 2000, the UN General Assembly declared December 18 to be International Migrants Day. The day marks an opportunity to draw attention to the contributions of migrants and to the need to promote and protect the rights of all migrants, as observed by United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner.

In a statement UNESCO observed, millions of women and men are leaving their homes in the search of work and education. Millions are on the move, because they have no choice, to flee war and persecution, to escape the vicious circles of poverty, food insecurity and environmental degradation.

Migration is a global phenomenon driven by many forces. These start with aspirations for dignity, safety and peace. The decision to leave home is always extreme, and, too often, the beginning of a dangerous, sometimes fatal journey.

UNESCO is acting to advance the migration-related commitments of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This starts with education, by promoting access to quality education for Syrian refugees, by facilitating recognition of education diplomas and qualifications.

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