Audio: Education on irregular migration making impact-IOM

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Extensive education on the negative effect associated with traveling overseas illegally has yielded result, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said.

Kojo Wilmot, the Reintegration officer of IOM at the UN Migration Agency speaking to Dinpa News’ Nana Akosua Ansah during the midday news on Dinpa 91.3FM Wednesday said, regular migration is good as people travel to further their education and seek employment. However, the idea of travelling by the desert has led to the death of many especially the youth.

Mr. Wilmot was speaking on the commemoration of International Migrants Day marked on December 18.

“All migrants are entitled to equal protection of all their human rights. On this International Day, I urge leaders and people everywhere to bring the Global Compact to life, so that migration works for all”, a statement from the UN Secretary-General António Guterres reads .

A family faces an uncertain future as dozens of refugees and migrants were rescued by an Italian coastguard vessel and landed at the port of Augusta after their own ship was sinking in the Mediterranean sea in 2015. They had been trying to reach Europe from north Africa to seek asylum.

All migrants are entitled to equal protection of all their human rights. On this International Day, I urge leaders and people everywhere to bring the Global Compact to life, so that migration works for all.

Throughout human history, migration has been a courageous expression of the individual’s will to overcome adversity and to live a better life. Today, globalization, together with advances in communications and transportation, has greatly increased the number of people, who have the desire and the capacity to move to other places.

This new era has created challenges and opportunities for societies throughout the world. It also has served to underscore the clear linkage between migration and development, as well as the opportunities it provides for co-development, that is, the concerted improvement of economic and social conditions at both origin and destination.

Migration draws increasing attention in the world nowadays. Mixed with elements of unforeseeability, emergency, and complexity, the challenges and difficulties of international migration require enhanced cooperation and collective action among countries and regions. The United Nations is actively playing a catalyst role in this area, with the aim of creating more dialogues and interactions within countries and regions, as well as propelling experience exchange and collaboration opportunities.

Mr. Kojo Wilmot disclosed that, over 1,200 youth has been reintegrated into their families.

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By:Nana Akosua Ansah/Dinpafm.com




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