Governments across the world have been urged to acknowledge migrant people’s role in development and ensure their human rights.
Migration experts at a two-day meeting that ended in Dhaka on
Tuesday also called upon countries to ensure that migrants regardless of their
status were “protected, respected and fulfilled with access to
Bangladesh and Switzerland co-hosted the meeting that discussed
migration issues for the post-2015 development agenda.
The meeting made
six recommendations that included strengthening migration governance “to achieve
a balanced, cooperative and equitable system that is safe, fair, well-governed
and more beneficial for all”.
The governance system should be “culturally
responsive”, they said, and recommended promoting the participation of all
migrants in decision-making processes that concern them.
adopted a document with specific targets and indicators that would help the
international community consider migration for the post-2015 agenda.
document would be used as a reference point in negotiations at the 69th United
Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in September, says the meeting's concept
Migration has become a key development issue with an estimated 250
million migrants remitting to their families back home $416 billion last
The meeting brought together experts and delegates from 58
countries including seven Middle Eastern states and international bodies to
support the development benefits of international migration.
also called for deepening work within “regional cooperative mechanisms” on
migration to facilitate “easier” mobility of people, especially migrant