international migration

Friday, December 18, 2020

The Asia-Pacific Migration Report 2020 is a baseline assessment of the implementation of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) in Asia and the Pacific. It will inform the Asia-Pacific Regional Review of GCM Implementation, to be held from 10 to 12 March 2021.

To access full report, please visit APMR 2020.

Asia-Pacific Migration Report 2020

18 Dec 2020
Friday, December 18, 2020

The observance of International Migrants Day 2020 in Asia and the Pacific is co-organized by ESCAP, the Regional United Nations Network on Migration and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. It will feature the launch of the Asia-Pacific Migration Report 2020, the first comprehensive UN system-wide assessment of the implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in Asia and the Pacific.

Dec
18
2020
18 Dec 2020
Meetings, Seminars and Workshops
Bangkok, Thailand, Asia Pacific
By invitation only
Wednesday, July 29, 2020

ESCAP and the United Nations Regional Network on Migration for Asia and the Pacific are organizing an expert group meeting for academics, practitioners and other stakeholders to provide feedback on the draft Asia-Pacific Migration Report 2020. The report is prepared by ESCAP and the Regional United Nations Network on Migration for Asia and the Pacific in preparation for the Asia-Pacific Regional Review of Implementation of the Global Compact for Migration, scheduled for November 2020.

Jul
29
2020
29 Jul 2020 to 30 Jul 2020
Meetings, Seminars and Workshops
Virtual, Thailand
By invitation only
Mar
10
2021
10 Mar 2021 to 12 Mar 2021
Meetings, Seminars and Workshops
Bangkok, Thailand
By invitation only

Asia-Pacific Regional Review of Implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

International migration is an important multidimensional reality of major relevance for sustainable development to countries of origin, transit and destination. In 2019, there were about 65 million immigrants residing in Asia and the Pacific, 71 per cent of whom were from other countries within the region, and over 106 million emigrants from the region. Women make up 51 per cent of immigrants but only 46 per cent of emigrants (ESCAP, 2019).[1] Regional migration movements include a large percentage of people in search of better jobs and livelihoods. In addition, migration in the region is driven by a range of political, social and environmental factors, facilitated by networks and increasing levels of connectivity.

Through work, consumption, and taxes, migrants make significant contributions to sustainable development in developing countries of destination, and they build bridges between countries of origin and destination. In 2019, migrant workers sent over $327 billion in remittances to Asian and Pacific countries, over ten times the amount received as official development assistance in that year (World Bank, 2019).[2] Migration can also be empowering for migrants themselves, enabling them to learn new skills and broadening their horizons. Yet at the same time, many migrants in the region are faced with abuse, violence and exploitation throughout their migration experience which can have devastating impacts on individuals and community and also limit their ability to contribute to sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region.

In this context, and pursuant to General Assembly resolutions 73/195 and 73/326, the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Regional United Nations Network on Migration for Asia and the Pacific of which ESCAP is a member, are organizing the Asia-Pacific Regional Review of Implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. The meeting will be held from 10 to 12 March 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand, at the United Nations Conference Center, subject to prevailing circumstances.

Additional information on the meeting is forthcoming.

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[1] ESCAP, 2019: ESCAP Population Data Sheet 2019.

[2] World Bank, 2019: World Bank staff calculations based on data from IMF Balance of Payment Statistics database and data releases from central banks, national statistical agencies, and World Bank country desks. See Migration and Development Brief 28, Appendix A for details. October 2019 update.

Dec
18
2019
18 Dec 2019
Meetings, Seminars and Workshops
Bangkok, Thailand
By invitation only
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

When 164 United Nations member States adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (the Marrakech Compact on Migration) on 10 December last year, I read on social media that they had decided to give up control over migration to the UN.

So did that mean, as someone who works on migration in the UN, I could pick and choose who gets to go where?

To continue reading the blog, please visit: Marrakech Compact on Migration: Myths and Realities

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