International Migrants Day: "Safe migration in a world on the move"
IOM’s General Director, William Lacy Swing, starts his message for International Migrants Day, celebrated on Monday, this way:
“I’m a migrant, but didn't have to risk my life on a leaky boat or pay traffickers. Safe migration cannot be limited to the global elite.” Thus spoke United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in September 2017.
With a memorable turn of phrase, he captured what is perhaps one of the overriding challenges facing the world today. While we live at a time when a privileged elite considers global mobility virtually its birth-right, it is denied to countless others trapped in hopelessly bad economic or conflict circumstances.
Read the whole message:
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