Global migration presents problems, opportunities: ambassador

09:31, April 12, 2011      

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Global migration presents serious problems and challenges but also opportunities as long as it is managed well, an ambassador said on Monday.

European Union Ambassador for Indonesia and Brunei Julian Wilson told a seminar that based on the International Organization of Migration (IOM) data, there are 240 million of international migrants worldwide currently, increasing from 60 million in the last decade. "This issue poses serious problem and challenges, but also great opportunity, including for the EU and Indonesia," said Wilsom.

According to Wilson, there will be no absence of the issue as the world is full of dynamism.

"For example, currently Europe is dealing major issues of migration, arising from trouble, turmoil and others. It is almost impossible that the trend could reverse while the world is affected by inequity and inequality," said Wilson.

He said that climate change will be another driver of migration.

"For example, Maldives is considering to move its citizens as it is expected that the country will effectively disappear in 30 years while climate change continue," he said. He said that the issue is a difficult subject to be addressed. "It needs foreign and domestic policies. How do you treat third country nationals and what is the issue of security in borders," he said. However, Wilson said, migration also provide great benefits. "For example the EU is facing aging population. Flow of migrants will keep hospitality industry live and so far it's in great success," he said.

For Indonesia, he said, migration provides huge financial advantage. "Migrant workers contribute great economic impact for Indonesia. Data shows that remittances sent by migrant workers to home countries in 2009 were 440 billion U.S. dollars. It was an enormous economic element in global economy," he said.

Source: Xinhua
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