Vientiane, 16 December 2016
The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and its partners convened today for a policy seminar on the occasion of International Migrants Day. With more people living away from their countries of origin than ever before, migration is becoming a key issue at global discussions.
Photo: UN Lao PDR
Migration is also becoming an increasingly important topic of the ongoing development dialogue in Lao PDR. “There are said to be hundreds of thousands Lao nationals working in Thailand, with a similar number of people having migrated within Lao PDR”, said United Nations Resident Coordinator Ms. Kaarina Immonen, “International Migrants Day recognises the immense contribution these migrants make to the development of their country, using the skills, knowledge and financial capital gained through their migration experience.”
Through the circulation of skills, knowledge and remittance flows, the hundreds of thousands of Lao migrants have immense potential to contribute positively to poverty reduction and the sustainable development of Lao PDR. However, this potential has not yet been realized to its fullest extent.
In recognition of this trend, and the important work that remains to be done in this area, in September this year, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has formally become a member of the United Nations family, as its migration agency.
“This migration day also marks the 15th year of IOM’s operation in Lao PDR”, said Mr. James Lette, IOM Head of Office, “and we look forward to our continued partnership with PDR and our fellow UN agencies, such as ILO and UN Women, to protect migrants, and facilitate safe, orderly and regular migration – the migration we wish to have.”
Mr. James Lette
Head of Office
IOM in Lao PDR
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