UN chief says migration is ‘inevitable’
LORENSKOG, NorvSge, June 19, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – UN Secretary General Antonio
Guterres said Tuesday that migration, which is currently posing serious
challenges to political leaders around the world, was “inevitable”.
The topic is being hotly debated across Europe and in the United States.
In recent days, migrants have been shunted around the Mediterranean, three
European countries have formed an ‘axis’ against clandestine immigration, and
the US administration is under fire for separating the children of illegal
immigrants from their parents.
Countries have the right to adopt their own immigration policies “provided
obviously that they respect the human rights of migrants and that this is
done in a way in which international cooperation becomes much more relevant
than what has happened until now,” Guterres told reporters in Lorenskog, near
Oslo, on the sidelines of an annual forum gathering peace mediators.
“Migration is a phenomenon that is inevitable,” he stressed.
Guterres gave the example of his own 95-year-old mother who, he said, is
cared for around-the-clock by migrants in his native Portugal.
“I never met a Portuguese (person) taking care of my mother. It’s always
migrants and it is clear for me that migration is a need,” he said.
“And if migration is a need, then it’s better to organise it, it’s better
to regulate it, it’s better to make it happen in a way in which countries
cooperate with each other and in a way in which there is a win-win situation
for everybody, especially for so many migrants that are now in desperate
conditions,” he said.
The international community is scheduled to meet in Marrakech on December
10-11 for a conference on migration issues, which is expected to lead to the
adoption of a global pact on safe and regulated migration.