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International migration is a global phenomenon that is growing in scope, complexity and impact. Today, virtually all countries in the world are simultaneously countries of destination, origin and transit for international migrants. Traditional migration patterns are complemented by new migratory flows, fuelled by changing economic, demographic, political and social conditions. Changing migration patterns affect the size and composition of migrant populations as well as economies and societies in countries of origin and destination. The rise in global mobility, the growing complexity of migratory patterns and the impact of such movements on development have all contributed to international migration becoming a priority for the international community.
In this meeting, representatives of international institutions within and outside the UN system, experts and civil society organizations came together to discuss progress related to implementing the migration-related commitments in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the outcomes of the 2013 High-Level Dialogue on Migration and Development.
The meeting also discussed preparations for the high-level plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly on addressing large movements of refugee and migrants scheduled on 19 September 2016. PSI joins this meeting bringing the voice of public service workers and the trade union movement in addressing workers’ rights and highlighting the critical role of public services in welcoming migrants, asylum seekers and refugees and ensuring their sustainable integration into society from the rights-based approach.