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This statement was initially issued by the Regional UN Network on Migration in the Arab region.   On the occasion of International Migrants Day (IMD), the Regional UN Network on Migration in the Arab region calls on States to consider the positive...

The United Nations Network on Migration calls upon Member States to deliver on their commitments made in the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) to safeguard the human rights of migrants and their communities, protecting and enabling their freedom to make safe and informed decisions whether to stay or go when confronted by the risk and impacts of disasters, climate change and environmental degradation.

 

 

When a boat crammed with over 500 women, men, and children sank off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa ten years ago, the world said “never again.” Today, on the 10th anniversary of that shipwreck, we have not lived up to that commitment; 2023 has recorded the deadliest first quarter since 2017 and by 2 October, 2,517 people were accounted as dead or missing this year alone in the Central Mediterranean.

The UN Network on Migration urges Member States to recognize migrants’ and diasporas’ vital contributions to the sustainable development of all societies and address the all too frequent instances in which migrants’ rights are insufficiently protected, respected and fulfilled.

We must step up our efforts towards increasing the socio-economic impacts of remittances by reducing the transfer costs and fostering the access to and use of digital solutions for faster, safer and cheaper remittances to ensure the financial and digital inclusion of all migrants and their families back home.

To mark this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the United Nations Network on Migration calls on Member States to step up efforts to combat racism and racial discrimination in the context of migration governance.

Geneva - The adverse effects of climate change and environmental degradation are increasingly driving human mobility the world over, particularly in countries with high exposure and low adaptive capacity. While most climate-related mobility currently occurs within countries, desperation and deteriorating environments can also compel people to seek…

Migrants make up a considerable proportion of the detected victims of trafficking in persons around the world, accounting for 65% of victims identified in Western and Southern Europe, 60% in the Middle East, 55% in East Asia and the Pacific, 50% in Central and South-Eastern Europe, and 25% in North America.  In recent times, the internet has increasingly been used to advertise false jobs, recruit and exploit these victims.

In observance of the International Day of Family Remittances, the United Nations Network on Migration joins the international community in acknowledging the significant contribution that migrants and their families make towards the realization of the...

Thousands of migrants go missing or die each year along migration routes. In 2018, United Nations Member States committed to “save lives and establish coordinated international efforts on missing migrants”

Geneva - On the occasion of International Migrants Day, the United Nations Network on Migration calls on the international community to strengthen collective action to protect migrants’ lives, reduce their vulnerabilities and maximize the benefits of safe, orderly and regular migration.

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The rights of migrants across the Asia-Pacific region have seen considerable progress in the three years since the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) was adopted. However, much remains to be done, particularly ahead of the...

On the occasion of the 26th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), the UN Network on Migration urges States to strengthen their commitments and address the reality that people increasingly migrate to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change.

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​​​​​On the occasion of the UN Food Systems Summit, the United Nations Network on Migration calls on States to recognize safe, orderly and regular migration and empowered migrants as levers of positive change for sustainable food systems.

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To mark World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the United Nations Network on Migration calls on States to put victims and survivors at the centre of responses to this heinous crime and its related human and labour rights violations.

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At this year’s High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) the United Nations Network on Migration calls on all States to harness the contributions of migrants as enablers of sustainable development and enhance cooperation to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration.

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On the occasion of the International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR), the United Nations Network on Migration recognizes the crucial contribution that migrant workers and their families make, especially through their remittances, to the social and economic development of their communities and countries of origin.

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When people are desperate to leave their countries but have limited access to regular migration pathways, the services offered by smugglers of migrants, though known to be risky, can often be the only option.  

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Migrant workers contribute significantly to societies of origin and destination around the world, in health systems and the care economy, agriculture, construction and other sectors vital to sustainable development.

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In marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the United Nations Network on Migration calls on States to scale up efforts to condemn racial discrimination and to pursue, by all appropriate means, the elimination of all forms of discrimination.

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As vaccine roll-outs are bringing back hope that the end of the pandemic might be in sight, too many migrants remain excluded from national deployment and vaccination plans (NDVPs). Although the number of vaccinations globally has overtaken reported COVID-19 infections, only a quarter of NDVPs submitted to the COVAX Facility include migrants.

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COVID-19 has shone a spotlight on the significant contribution of migrants to societies they live in and the role they play in pandemic response and recovery efforts. It has shown us, too, how migrants can be particularly vulnerable to the devastating impacts of the virus. By reducing opportunities for migrant workers, including their ability to se…

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Today, the United Nations Secretary-General has called on Member States and all partners to redouble efforts in implementing the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) and protect the human rights of all migrants, regardless of status, including while responding to COVID-19.

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Excellencies, distinguished guests, colleagues, It is a pleasure to meet with you today. I have the honour to be joined by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Madame Bachelet. As a member of the Executive Committee, OHCHR is a key partner in...

The UN Network on Migration salutes all actors providing vital protection, monitoring, advocacy, information and support to and in collaboration with migrants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Civil society organizations, migrant and diaspora associations, workers and employers organizations, national human rights institutions, youth and women-led organizations, local authorities and communities...

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COVID-19 and its impacts have had far-reaching consequences and exacerbated inequalities. For the 800 million people reliant on migrant family members sending money home – money that many can no longer receive – COVID-19 is more than a deadly virus; it constitutes a devastating and immediate blow to their development , imperiling their access to health, education, housing and nutrition.

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The impact of COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of ensuring access to services for all.  Whether as a means to ensure we protect our societies against the virus; or to uphold universal rights, COVID-19 demands a truly inclusive response.

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Today, the Secretary-General has urged that global efforts to manage the COVID-19 crisis will depend upon public health responses and a comprehensive recovery that include all people. The United Nations Network on Migration welcomes the Secretary-General’s policy guidance on COVID-19 and People on the Move, which provides key lessons from the pande…

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The United Nations Network on Migration is concerned by reports of States in many regions using forced return of migrants as a measure in response to COVID-19. The Network calls on States to suspend forced returns during the pandemic, in order to protect the health of migrants and communities, and uphold the human rights of all migrants, regardless…

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As the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations Network on Migration salutes the immense efforts to date to combat this crisis and urges that all – including migrants regardless of migratory status – are included in efforts to mitigate and roll back this illness’s impact. To that end, migrants must be seen as both potential victims and as an integral part of any effective public health response.

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Palais des Nations, Geneva, It is a great pleasure to meet with you today, at the end of a long, busy – and productive – year. I propose to take this opportunity to bring you up to date with the activities of the United Nations Network on Migration...
The United Nations Network on Migration commemorates this first anniversary of the adoption in Marrakech, Morocco, of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (Global Compact) and celebrates the world’s 272 million migrants and...
14 November 2019 – The Principals of the Executive Committee of the United Nations Network on Migration met today in New York to discuss United Nations system-wide assistance to Member States in their implementation of the Global Compact for Safe...
Child Immigration Detention is Not Only Wrong, It Is Ineffective     ➢ Today, the United Nations Network on Migration strongly reiterates its position that child immigration detention must be ended in every region of the world. Detention of children...
On the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the United Nations Network on Migration calls upon the international community to accelerate its efforts to stop human trafficking and to protect those who fall victim to traffickers...
Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen,    It is an honour to address you as the Coordinator of the UN Network on Migration, established by the Secretary-General last year. By bringing together the entities of the UN system...
The United Nations Network on Migration condemns the attack on the refugee and migrant detention centre in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, that has killed at least 40 people and wounded many more. The attack is an appalling breach of international law...

On occasion of the International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR), proclaimed by the General Assembly in June 2018, the United Nations Migration Network (UNMN) joins the global community in recognizing the crucial contribution of migrant workers and their families to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

*References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of United Nations Security Council resolution 1244 (1999).