This report from Amnesty International describes the plight of the estimated 150-200 million rural-to-urban migrants who have moved to China’s cities in search of work and better lives in what has been called "the world’s largest ever peacetime migration", documenting how they are treated as second class citizens within their own country.
The Global Commission on International Migration, which presented its Report to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and UN member states on 5 October 2005, says that the international community has failed to realize the full potential of international migration and has not risen to the many opportunities and challenges it presents. Greater coherence, cooperation and capacity are required for a more effective governance of migration, at national, regional and global levels
International Organization for Migration. World Migration 2005: Costs and Benefits of International Migration
Where are people migrating today and why? What are the implications for the world's developing and industrialized economies? And what are the key issues facing policy makers in migrant origin, destination, and transit countries? World Migration 2005 analyses the effects of globalization, trade liberalization, economic integration and the widening gap between rich and poor nations on migration flows.
Massive flight from Middle East and North African turmoil has highlighted immigration problems plaguing the European Union, says Jean-Phillipe Chauzy of the International Organization for Migration. He says the EU must address comprehensive reform and also invest in countries like Tunisia to stem the long-term flow of migration.
On May 13, 2015, the European Commission reviewed the Schengen Agreement to clarify its agenda on migration, in response to the influx of migrants from Ukraine, the Middle East, Asia, and North Africa who were seeking asylum in Europe. Implementation packages were released May 27 and September 9, with details on refugees distribution, funds for countries receiving and settling refugees, and search and rescue operations for traveling refugees.
The Organization of American States Inter-American Program for the Promotion and Protection of the Human Rights of Migrants, Including Migrant Workers and their Families "delegates 33 specific activities intended for the protection of the human rights of migrants in different areas of the General Secretariat of the OAS. Among others, these activities include the study and the dissemination of national migratory legislation, the exchange of information and technical assistance in the area of human rights with state governments and government officials, the development of programs for the protection of migrant women and children, research into the political participation of migrants, and the exchange of best practices between the different actors of this Program." It was officially approved on June 7, 2005.
"Flows of migrants and refugees influence and change the social, economic and political dynamics of their destinations--and the places they have left behind," writes the Inter Press Service on human migration. Immigration Research Links provides resources for news, legislation, statistics, organizations, and reports on immigration.
This CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force finds that Africa is of growing strategic importance to the United States in addition to being an important humanitarian concern, and finds that critical humanitarian interests would be better served by a more comprehensive U.S. approach toward Africa.
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