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19 June 2017


The nature of Britain’s economy puts it in a unique position to be able to help the current remittance framework, says Dipti Pardeshi. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Remittances Help Migrants' Families and the UK

United Kingdom - This is a win-win situation, for individuals and countries receiving remittances and for a more financially and socially inclusive UK, writes Dipti Pardeshi.

Friday is the International Day of Family Remittances, a day dedicated to recognising the significant contribution that migrants make to the wellbeing of families back home and to the development of their countries of origin.

We at the International Organization for Migration call for a wider and more active recognition of the many potential benefits of remittances for those who receive them, and financial inclusion for the many migrants who now form part of our community.

Remittances help to cover the costs of basic needs. This includes education, housing, food and health. They also impact positively on savings, investments and job creation in communities. They represent an important safety net in times of crisis, providing critical resources which can help families cope with sudden shocks, for example a poor crop yield, or a natural disaster.

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Children celebrate International Migrants Day in Egypt, 18 December 2016. Photo: Ingy Mehanna/UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2016

Undeniable Trends That Make International Cooperation on Migration Essential

These trends point more than ever to the need for better international migration governance and cooperation:

  1. Proven, Overwhelming Benefits: Migration has been beneficial for the people and economies of countries of origin, destination and transit throughout history.
  2. Crisis Situations: Although, most migration today is voluntary and regular, too many people are still forced from their homes by conflict, human rights abuses, natural or man-made disasters and extreme poverty.
  3. Countries with Numerous Migration Statuses: Countries are at once countries of origin, transit and destination for migrants, like never before.
  4. South-South Migration: Capacities and resources in poorer countries have not kept pace with growing South-South migration

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Major Global Brands Commit to Preventing Forced Labour in Supply Chains

Germany - The UN Migration Agency (IOM) joins leading global brands, government officials, trade associations, recruiters and other expert organizations in Berlin to tackle forced labour in supply chains and encourage international companies to commit to the ethical recruitment of migrant workers.

Participants at the Annual Leadership Forum for Responsible Recruitment are sharing best practices on effective approaches to ensure that migrant workers in their supply chains are recruited ethically, including strategies to promote and implement the Employer Pays Principle.

“Finding work overseas can be a complicated process. Because jobseekers need job matching and migration assistance, they often end up paying extortionate fees and face other forms of exploitation when dealing with unlicensed or unvetted middle men” said Lara White, a senior labour migration specialist with the UN Migration Agency, a member of the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment.

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Migration in the News


  • AFP reported that new legal action by the EU against eastern member states for refusing to take their share of refugees shows how the worst migration crisis since World War II still divides the continent.

  • Fox News reported that more than 900 African and Asian migrants – including at least 25 minors and seven pregnant women – en route to Europe have been rescued by a Libyan Coast Guard patrol.

  • News Ghana reported that the Turkish Coastguard received two search and rescue vessels as part of a EUR 20 million agreement between the European Union and IOM.

  • Sudan Tribune reported that an estimated 5.5 million people in South Sudan are facing severe food insecurity and malnutrition due to the conflict and the country’s collapsing economy.

  • Asharq Al-Awsat reported that a number of migrants suffering from hunger, torture and sexual abuse at the hands of human traffickers presented filmed evidence of these crimes in a video of the area where they are being held.

  • Qatar Tribune and Qatar News Agency reported that Qatar Charity has signed 93 cooperation agreements worth more than USD 126 million with UN agencies, humanitarian organizations, and international and regional charities.

  • Latin American Herald Tribune reported that the Bolivian government seeks to use the upcoming International Peoples Conference to pressure international institutions to respect migrants’ rights, multilateralism and international law.


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  • The Guardian reported that refugee women and teenagers stranded on Chios face new horrors, with reports of police beatings, rape and knife attacks. 


 

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