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Bangkok Statement on Migration and Development

From 22 to 24 September 2010, representatives of 31 Governments in Asia and the Pacific met in Bangkok to attend the Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Global Forum on Migration and Development 2010. On the final day of the meeting, the participants adopted the Bangkok Statement on Migration and Development. The Bangkok Statement will be submitted to the Global Forum on Migration and Development that will be held in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, from 8 to 11 November 2010.

"About one in four of the world’s estimated 214 million migrants live in the Asian and Pacific region. The region receives the majority – about 42 percent – of the world’s remittances. International migration is increasingly being recognized as a powerful force for development—migrants contributing positively to the social, cultural and economic development of both countries of origin and destination. Yet, many issues, among them the protection of migrant workers and their families, remain to be addressed."

"Adopted by all 31 countries present at the Meeting, the Bangkok Statement on Migration and Development stresses that migrant workers are development actors and contribute to development by way of remittances, skills, culture and labour to States of origin, transit and destination. It highlights the region’s great diversity in levels of development and size of countries, resulting in migration taking many forms, as well as the increased complexity in managing migration in the region—many countries being simultaneously sending, transit and receiving countries."

"Apart from recommending the pursuit of comprehensive national policies to effectively manage labour migration and protect the rights of all migrant workers, the Bangkok Statement urges that bilateral and regional cooperation and inter-country partnerships be strengthened. It also recommends that national laws be reviewed to ensure that all migrants, including domestic workers, women and children affected by migration have access to legal protection, birth registration, and health and education services in both countries of origin and destination, in line with internationally agreed standards and norms."


Source: ESCAP press release

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