Saturday, 7 November 2009

Better protection of migrants’ rights—UN chief

MANILA, Philippines—In an era where people are crossing borders in greater numbers seeking better opportunities, it is more vital than ever that states safeguard the rights of migrants, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told a high-level gathering in Athens Wednesday.

“Let us never forget than in the end, policies and laws are really about people and values,” he said in his remarks to the opening of the third Global Forum on Migration and Development which were e-mailed to media outfits by the UN office in Manila.

The Secretary General noted that the number of international migrants today is greater than at anytime in history, with 214 million people living outside their country of birth. Read more

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