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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 14 November 2018

Beyond the Headlines podcast: Lack of governance for migrants to be ratified by UN in Morocco

We discuss the imminent issues facing global migration and how the upcoming conference in Morocco will shape migration

Migrants, part of a caravan travelling to the US, make a human chain to pull people from the river between Guatemala to Mexico in Ciudad Hidalgo and continuing to walk in Mexico October 29, 2018.
Migrants, part of a caravan travelling to the US, make a human chain to pull people from the river between Guatemala to Mexico in Ciudad Hidalgo and continuing to walk in Mexico October 29, 2018.

More than 10 per cent of the world’s migrant population live in the GCC, making it the highest citizen-to-migrant region in the world. A look at the demographics of the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman shows that at least half of the population is non-citizen residents. In 2015, the Arab World as a whole hosted 32 million migrants, who sent home more than 100 billion dollars in remittances. However, despite their heavy presence not only in the Arab countries but around the world, international agreements on migration are practically non-existent.

Louise Arbour, the UN special representative for international migration, joins host Naser Al Wasmi to discuss the upcoming International Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in Morocco this December and how the compact will change migration.

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