International Migration – A Powerful Tool for Reducing Poverty

Today, as the world marks International Day of Migrants, the United Nations in Zimbabwe recognizes that migration has become one of the key issues at international, regional and national level.

Alluding to the global migration phenomenon and its role as a tool for poverty reduction and enhancing opportunities, the UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon said, “There are now some 232 million international migrants bringing consistent benefits to countries of destination and origin through their essential labour and remittances…International migration is a powerful tool for reducing poverty”.

Zimbabwe has become a source, transit and destination country for migrants, a situation which calls for effective management of migration.  Zimbabwe continues to receive migrants as well as asylum seekers coming to Zimbabwe in mixed migration flows from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia and Ethiopia among others.

On the occasion of the International Migration Day, IOM Chief of Mission in Zimbabwe, Mr. Martin Ocaga said, “In order to maximize the development potential of migration while minimizing its adverse impacts consequent to the emigration of both skilled and unskilled migrants, the United Nations, led by IOM and ILO, has been supporting the Government of Zimbabwe to formulate migration management policies.”

To date, the United Nations, led by IOM and UNHCR has provided humanitarian assistance to over 11,500 asylum seekers. Assistance and services rendered to asylum seekers at the Reception Centre range from temporary shelter, safe migration advice, protection assistance, medical and counseling assistance, and access to basic social services. 

Commending the Government of Zimbabwe for ratifying the Palermo Protocol, which seeks to prevent trafficking of women and children, Mr Ocaga noted, “IOM, together with the rest of the United Nations family, remains committed to protect migrants and manage migration to contribute in the fight against poverty and for the benefit of all”.

Read the Message of the UN Secretary General

Read ILO and OHCHR Joint Statement

Read IOM Press Release and Op-ed by the Director General of IOM