Migration can help boost economies if well regulated: Odede

25 Jun 2019 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 25 JUN (NAMPA) – Although migration can help boost economies and spread cultural diversity, it can also pose significant challenges if poorly regulated, thus, governments should address it.
This was said by United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator, Rachel Odede during the migration dialogue for Southern Africa experts meeting here on Tuesday.
The three-day meeting is taking place under the theme ‘Regional migration governance and sustainable development for the Southern Africa region.’
Odede said as long as the world is where it is, with poor rainfall that causes drought which is contributing to poverty and fuelling poor economic growth as well as conflict, migration will not end. She said Namibia is not isolated from the trend because it has recorded a significant number of border-crossing and internal migration.
“For this reason, the country must consider migration governance and address challenges in order to reap its benefits. While migration can help boost economies and can spread diversity, when it is poorly regulated it can cause significant challenges,” Odede said.
She further said Namibia is experiencing an increase in natural disasters that can make the country vulnerable to poverty and could reinforce the push for rural and urban migration, which includes challenges of overwhelmed infrastructure, border management, irregular migration and human trafficking.
Odede noted that the UN Migration Agency will continue to provide technical expertise that will help finalise and operationalise the National Migration Management Policy, which is also in line with the Regional Migration Framework to support Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states to manage migration in the region in a coordinated manner.
“Namibia’s commitment to ensuring that the human rights of people on the move are protected is evident in hosting today’s dialogue. This platform is an opportunity to identify cross-border partnerships to ensure safe and orderly migration, as well as sustainable development across the region,” she said.
Odede said the negative impacts of irregular migration can be reduced through a more holistic and coordinated response, not only at national level, but at regional and international level as well, thus the UN stands ready to support all SADC member states.
The meeting is amongst others being attended by senior officials from SADC member states.