Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration is people-centered, rooted in human rights – UN Chief

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TEHRAN, 18 December 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message for Interntional Migrants Day, 18 December 2018, while referring to the recent ratification of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration said the Compact is people-centered and rooted in human rights.

The full text of his message reads:

Migration is a powerful driver of economic growth, dynamism and understanding. It allows millions of people to seek new opportunities, benefiting communities of origin and destination alike.

But when poorly regulated, migration can intensify divisions within and between societies, expose people to exploitation and abuse, and undermine faith in government.

This month, the world took a landmark step forward with the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

Backed with overwhelming support by the membership of the United Nations, the Compact will help us to address the real challenges of migration while reaping its many benefits. 

The Compact is people-centered and rooted in human rights.

It points the way toward more legal opportunities for migration and stronger action to crack down on human trafficking.

On International Migrants Day, let us take the path provided by the Global Compact: to make migration work for all.

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