Foreign Secretary Arjun Bahadur Thapa, a member of the Nepalese delegation to the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, has said that there exists a close nexus between migration and development and hence it is necessary to address this important issue more effectively.
Participating in the High-Level Dialogue on Migration and Development Thursday, Thapa said the issue should be brought into the mainstream process, particularly in the context of attainment of MDGs and framing of post-2015 development agenda.
He stressed that the migration process should be made regular, managed, transparent and accountable so as to bring a situation of win-win for both the origin and destination countries.
Protection of the basic rights of the most vulnerable section of the migrant workers, especially the low-skilled workers, women and girls, in the destination countries must therefore get increased attention, he added.
He said that more effective mechanisms of cooperation and collaboration among the sending, transit and receiving countries at the bilateral, regional and global levels is necessary to protect the rights of the workers, and to take into account their contribution to development.
Stating that circular migration of youths to the Southern destinations plays an important role in the economy of Nepal, he highlighted that safety and security of the workers at all stages of the migration process, decent work, regular and market-based pay, and observation of health standards at work are very crucial. Emphasizing the importance of labour migration and remittance to Nepal, he said that lowering the cost of recruitment and transfer of remittances provides great respite to the workers and more realization of remittance proceeds to the poor needy countries.
He concluded that in order to realize an inclusive, sustainable and people-centric development approach envisaged in the post-2015 development framework, international migration and its contribution to development of the origin and destination countries must get adequate attention
Foreign Secretary Thapa, while participating round table discussion under the theme “measures to ensure respect for and protection of the human rights of all migrants, with particular reference to women and children, as well as to prevent and combat the smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons and to ensure orderly, regular and safe migration”, emphasized the necessity to ensure well-being of migrants, respect their rights regardless of their status, and promote legal and orderly labour migration with joint effort and clear division of responsibility.
He also stressed that along with human rights approach to migration, gender perspective should also get adequate attention. In view of universality of human rights, it should feature in all stages of migration process and involve origin, transit and destination countries.
‘We must develop reliable mechanism to protect rights and ensure safety of migrants in the wake of crisis, disaster and conflict. Promotion of orderly and regular migration can provide an answer to the growing problem of human trafficking and migrant smuggling, and thereby lower the severe risks of rights violation’, he said. Nepalnews.com