UAE takes over presidency of Global Migration Summit

UAE takes over presidency of Global Migration Summit
UAE takes over presidency of Global Migration Summit

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - A global summit on migration will be held in next January after the UAE took over the presidency of the Global Forum on Migration and Development.

The hand-over in the Ecuadorian capital Quito marked the start of an year-long programme of events focused on improving how governments respond to international migration.

Nasser bin Thani Juma Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, said the UAE would deliver a forward-looking agenda over the course of 2020.

“The UAE is honoured to Chair the GFMD”, he said in Quito.

“We are a tolerant, open nation, and we are proud of our role providing opportunities to millions of people from around the world.

"Human mobility is deeply entwined with our success as a nation, with foreign-born residents contributing to our development in every area, from infrastructure to business, and from sports to art and culture.

"Happily, the timing of the Dubai Summit will coincide with Expo 2020, one of the key themes of which is mobility, so there will be significant cross-over between these two major international events.”

More than eight million foreign-born residents live in the UAE, sending home $20 billion annually in remittances, a significant contributor to global development, the labour ministry said.

Speaking earlier in the summit, Mr Al Hamli said the UAE itself needs a continuous supply of skilled workers.

"We need to be looking to South America, Africa, and China for a fresh influx of talent, to complement the skills of Emiratis," state news agency Wam reported.

"Our participation in the GFMD is an opportunity to drive home the message that the UAE leads the world when it comes to openness to talent."

For policy makers focused on migration, the annual Global Forum on Migration and Development is the foremost annual inter-governmental gathering. Previous chairs include Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, Morocco and Germany. The UAE will be the first Gulf state to host the forum.

The labour ministry's assistant undersecretary Abdulla Al Nuaimi added: “The UAE is looking forward to providing a warm welcome to everyone attending our summit in Dubai. We will ensure that the summit is the most inclusive yet, with significant participation by civil society, business, and local government, as well as involvement by youth representatives and academia.”

The annual summit shapes the agenda around international migration, which affects 272 million people worldwide, according to figures from the UN.

The number of international migrants has grown rapidly in recent years, up from 173 million in the year 2000. Ministers and senior officials from governments around the world are expected to attend the event in Dubai.

Updated: January 25, 2020 06:48 PM

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