International UN Migrants Day 2018

People have moved from their home countries for centuries, for all sorts of reasons. Migrant numbers have risen rapidly in the last decade.

People migrate to developed countries because of the lack of prospects for career advancement, high unemployment rates or poverty and low incomes. And we have to think about the other reasons like natural disasters, climate change, famine, war an internal conflicts or persecution and poor human rights. And there are some other reasons for migration: falling birth rates in developed countries contribute to labour shortages and skills gaps so that extra people are required when there is rapid economic expansion.

On December 18th is International Day of Solidarity with Migrants. We need a lot of change in policies and cultures to handle the worldwide challenges to develop profound solutions on a win-win-situation for all involved people.

Let us think and act to deal with migration. The challenges and difficulties of international migration require enhanced cooperation and collective action among countries and regions.

„Migration is a powerful driver of economic growth, dynamism and understanding. It allows millions of people to seek new opportunities, benefiting communities of origin and destination alike.” — UN Secretary-General António Guterres

International UN Migrants Day 2018 Bernd Wenske