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ASEAN, EU firm on safe migration

  • Agnes Anya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 13 2018   /  01:52 am

Southeast Asia and Europe’s premier regional organizations have reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring the safe movement of labor across borders, just as a recent effort to strengthen global migration governance faced growing opposition driven by anti-immigration populism.

The 10-nation ASEAN launched a campaign on safe labor migration with a seminar in Jakarta on Wednesday, two days after some 150 United Nations member states agreed to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) in Morocco.

“I just wanted to say that ASEAN member states are committed to making sure that migration is going to happen in a safe manner,” said Kung Phoak, ASEAN’s deputy secretary-general for socio-cultural community affairs, in response to a question on the bloc’s view of the GCM.

As many as 193 UN member states, excluding the United States, had init...