The “Samoa Pathway” recognises the positive role that migrant and diaspora populations play in development, the value of remittances and the importance of both planning for disaster and responding to the needs of displaced people.
The SIDS conference takes place once a decade, making the several references to migration something of a break-through. But IOM notes that more needs to be done to harness the potential benefits of migration for development in SIDS, and to manage the challenges it poses.
“Forced migration due to natural disasters and climate change increases SIDS’ vulnerability and presents a formidable obstacle to development. This makes it all the more important for SIDS to reduce the risks of disasters and to build resilience, particularly with regard to population displacement,” says IOM Australia Chief of Mission and Advisor for the Pacific Mark Getchell.
IOM has also called for a promotion of talent circulation in partnerships between countries of origin and destination. Cooperation and collaboration are key to achieving sustainable development, while employment opportunities need to be created to encourage brain circulation rather than brain drain, notes Getchell.
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Posted on Fri, Sep-05-2014
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