Moving Migration into the Post-2015 Development Agenda

By Denis Fitzgerald, writing on The Interdependent:

“At the closing session of the United Nations General Assembly’s high-level dialogue on migration and development recently, Italy’s UN ambassador Antonio Bernardini told delegates that migration must be included in the post-2015 development agenda. He was speaking a day after more than 300 Eritrean migrants perished when the boat ferrying them caught fire and capsized near the Italian island of Lampedusa.

“It is indeed with the images of horror in mind that we are here today,” Bernardini said. “Our presence tangibly proves the importance the international community attaches to migration as a driver of development.”

Many other speakers echoed the call for including migration in the post-2015 framework. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) made no mention of it, but the movement of people across borders has been one of the main contributors to poverty reduction since the eights goals were agreed upon in 2000.

“An Opportunity for Development”?

The world’s 215 million international migrants sent more than $400 billion in remittances in 2012, exceeding the combined amount of all overseas aid given by Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries. Yet there is no international system to regulate global mobility, and many immigrants are deprived of political and labor rights in their destination countries.”

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