“Even in this weak global economy, migrants continue contributing to their home States,” Mr. Ban said in a video message to the Global Forum on Migration and Development in Geneva, Switzerland. “Remittances are even higher than foreign direct investment (FDI) in many developing countries.”
Mr. Ban stressed the
importance of protecting them as they face serious threats in many countries.
“Too many migrants face exclusion, discrimination and violence,” he said. “The
recent fighting in North Africa showed how vulnerable migrants can be.”
The two-day forum, which ends tomorrow, is the largest platform for dialogue on
international migration and development where countries can discuss emerging
migration and development issues.
Mr. Ban said the forum had already made progress by advancing initiatives aimed
at reducing the cost of remittance transfers, empowering migrants, and making it
possible for them to eventually return home.
“We can help migrants move safely and legally. We can protect their rights. We
can encourage their contributions to the countries that they left, and the
countries where they live,” he said.