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Jakarta Post

Toward safe, orderly and dignified migration

  • António Vitorino


Jakarta   /   Wed, December 19, 2018   /  01:17 pm
Toward safe, orderly and dignified migration Political vehicle: Migrants, part of a caravan traveling en route to the United States, ride in truck as they travel from Pijijiapan to Arriaga, near Tonala, Mexico on Sunday. (Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

Migration is the great issue of our era. “Migration with Dignity” is the theme of this year’s International Migrants Day, which we observed on Tuesday.

Dignity is at the core of our mission. Treating all migrants with dignity is the fundamental requirement we face before anything else we attempt on migration — a troubling issue coming at a troubling time for the world community. So, too, does our present.

I am newly arrived at the International Organization for Migration (IOM), recently chosen to lead one of the international communities’ oldest and most effective organizations. Yet migration is as old as humankind. Which means that IOM, at a mere 67 years of age, is a relative newcomer. 

So, there remains much to do and learn. But dignity comes first.

Foremost: the dignity to choose. We are to...

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