Governments should recognize the wide-range of benefits that migrants bring to their countries, a senior United Nations official said Thursday, urging measures that support this vital segment of the population and which address the discrimination migrants often face.
"We have become effective at lowering the barriers to movements of goods, services and capital, but we have sadly and paradoxically done far less well in addressing cross-border movements of human beings," said Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, opening the International Forum on Migration and Peace in here.
"Migrants provide vital support for the families, communities and countries they leave behind. For developing countries, their remittances are often an economic lifeline, but migrants are also essential for the well-being of the societies to which they venture," Eliasson said. "They make significant contributions to the economic and social development of the places they go to."
The two-day form, taking place at News York Law School, was organized by the Scalabrini International Migration Network, along with the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs in here, the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the UN and the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS).