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15 December, 2016 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 14 December, 2016 09:31:25 PM
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Global governance of migration

Migration worldwide needs to be regulated for the sake of equal and fair treatment of immigrants

The just concluded three-day summit of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in the capital focused on the topic of governing the norms of migration globally. Indeed, given the frequency and quick changing nature of migration globally, it’s no longer possible to control it bilaterally. Not only bilateral negotiations have limitations but in many cases it becomes difficult to ensure safety and security of immigrants due to contradictory and other legal matters. Concerning basic necessities, at times, it becomes impossible to treat immigrants at par with local citizens.
The point, however, if a global system of governance cannot be ensured, it will never be possible to get rid of problems related to high cost, abuse and exploitation of immigrants. Bangladesh has raised the global governance issue very strongly. We expect the recently ended GFMD to be the foundation stone for a global platform for governing migration. During the course of the summit, most importantly, lowering costs of migration, connectivity and migration (people-to-people contact) were discussed. Markedly, for the first time, the business community has been engaged with the global forum. Their opinions were taken into account in the Chair’s summary. Moreover, it has been stated that this year’s annual GFMD meeting had three key strands - the economics, sociology and governance of migration. Also the selection of various stakeholders, in terms of a broader engagement, is most likely to increase the importance at national and international levels.  
Migration worldwide needs to be regulated not only for the sake of equal and fair treatment of immigrants but also to serve humankind effectively.
Ranging from North America, Europe, Africa to Asia the numbers of international migrants are currently at an all-time high. However, the first step towards making migration manageable is to understand why people migrate. Furthermore, economic growth can turn emigration nations into destinations for migrants, as in the past, it did for Ireland, Italy and Korea. The challenge is to manage migration by reducing the differences that encourage people to cross borders, while taking into account how investment, remittances, and aid can stimulate economic development and reduce migration pressures in the countries that migrants leave.
Lastly, the legal framework for regulating migration can only be possible with the international community taking the subject as seriously as us, and since it’s an international participation, the volume of enthusiasm should be equivalent. 

 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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