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UAE participates in emerging int'l consensus on need to recognise labour mobility as engine for development

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New York: The UAE participates in the emerging international consensus on the need to recognise labour mobility as an engine for development, supports the increasing focus on the link between migration and development in the regional and international dialogues, and looks forward to working with other governments and stakeholders to integrate migration issues in the post-2015 Development Agenda of the United Nations, Ambassador Ahmed Al-Jarman, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations, has said.

International migration is a phenomenon that, if regulated and thoughtfully invested in, could play a key role in constructive cooperation among the nations of the world in the areas of humanitarian assistance, the exchange of economic benefits and the building of cultural rapprochement bridges among peoples and states, according to the UAE representative who on Friday made his remarks at the 2013 High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development Series 5, a roundtable on "International and Regional Labour Mobility and its Impact on Development".

"This would help in promoting sustainable development programmes, especially in developing countries, and strengthening good relations and efforts aimed at maintenance of international peace and security," the UAE representative added.

The roundtable was organised at the United Nations by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the United Nations Population Fund and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

Some 900 million migrants, 200 million of whom are international migrants while the remaining 700 million are internal migrants; which means that one of every 7 people living on this planet is a migrant, the UAE representative said, adding that the total estimated remittances sent in the world currently stands at US$400 billion, a figure which exceeds all assistance and foreign investments provided, and even all other capital flows.

"This means that the wider movement of funds around the world comes from the relatively poor immigrants according to the international standards," he added.

In the GCC countries, there are more than 17 million contracted workers who contribute to the economic development of the Arab Gulf region and also to a great extent to the development of their home countries and countries of origin, particularly through their remittances which exceeded US$ 60 billion per year, the representatives remarked.

In 2012, the total remittances made by migrant workers in the Arab Gulf States amounted to US$80 billion (representing a fifth of the global remittances), out of which 24% were remitted by the migrant workers in the UAE for the same year, he noted.

- Following is the full text of the statement of Ambassador Ahmed Al-Jarman, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, and Co-Chair of the Fourth Roundtable on: "International and Regional Labour Mobility and its Impact on Development". New York, 7 June, 2013.

At the outset, it gives me great pleasure to thank the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the United Nations Population Fund and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) for organising this round table on "International and Regional Labour Mobility and its Impact on Development".

I would also like to thank in particular the International Organisation for Migration for inviting the United Arab Emirates to co-chair this meeting, and thank Canada for co-chairing this meeting.

International migration is a phenomenon that is as old as the human need to search for livelihood and security. This phenomenon, if regulated and thoughtfully invested in, could play a key role in constructive cooperation among the nations of the world in the areas of humanitarian assistance, the exchange of economic benefits and the building of cultural rapprochement bridges among peoples and States, which would help in promoting sustainable development programmes, especially in developing countries, and strengthening good relations and efforts aimed at maintenance of international peace and security.

As mentioned by Dr. Farouk Iqbal, Regional Director for the Gulf States, Middle East and North Africa at the World Bank, there are 900 million migrants, 200 million of whom are international migrants while the remaining 700 million are internal migrants; which means that one of every 7 people living on this planet is a migrant. The total estimated remittances sent in the world currently stands at US$400 billion, and this figure exceeds all assistance and foreign investments provided, and even all other capital flows. This means that the wider movement of funds around the world comes from the relatively poor immigrants according to the international standards.

As you are aware, the human mobility between South and East Asia and the GCC countries, including the United Arab Emirates, during the past decades has led to the creation of wider corridors for the movement of labour in the world. There are now more than 17 million contracted workers working in the GCC countries, who contribute to the economic development of the Arab Gulf region and also to a great extent to the development of their home countries and countries of origin, particularly through their remittances which exceeded US$60 billion per year. In 2012, the total remittances made by migrant workers in the Arab Gulf States amounted to US$80 billion (representing a fifth of the global remittances), out of which 24% were remitted by the migrant workers in the UAE for the same year.

The UAE support the increasing focus on the link between migration and development in the regional and international dialogues, and looks forward to working with other governments and stakeholders to integrate migration issues in the post-2015 Development Agenda of the United Nations.

The UAE has been actively contributing to the Global Forum on Migration and Development since its establishment in 2007, and has been co-chairing the Working Group on Protecting and Empowering Migrants since 2008. We are also members of the Steering Group and the Assessment Team of the Forum, which has done a full assessment of the Forum process. We also prepared a number of background papers to guide the discussions of the roundtables of the Global Forum on Migration and Development at a number of summit meetings, and touched on a range of issues such as lowering costs of labour mobility, promoting and strengthening fair and transparent recruitment practices, capacity development, recognition, and application of alternative methods to expand social protection for workers with temporary contracts. And we look forward to contributing to the discussions of the High-level Dialogue on Migration and Development to be held in New York next October.

The UAE participates in the emerging international consensus on the need to recognise labour mobility as an engine for development.

The main reason for our increased engagement in the global dialogue on migration and development is to look into ways to enhance the developmental impact of labour mobility, not only in terms of macroeconomic development of country of origin and country of destination, but also in terms of the human development outcomes that benefit the migrant workers, their families and their communities. With this mind, and guided by the goal to expand the knowledge in this area and strengthen the policy-making process, the UAE Government organised an international conference in Abu Dhabi on "Labour Mobility - Enabler for Sustainable Development" on 14-15 May, 2013. The conference sought to generate a better understanding of the migration-development nexus and stimulate regional interest in producing new evidences that demonstrate this linkage. Today's meeting represents another step towards producing such new knowledge and using it in the policy-making process, both at the national level and in the context of bilateral and multilateral cooperation. We are pleased to be part of this dialogue and we look forward to having a fruitful dialogue and stimulating discussions at this meeting. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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