Zambia launches profile to promote safe migration

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-23 00:37:20|Editor: yan
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LUSAKA, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- The Zambia government on Tuesday launched the country's migration profile and migration governance indicators which will promote orderly, safe and regular migration.

Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo said the national migration profile was a critical tool for states to collect and analyze migration data from various sources in one document to inform evidence-based policy making and program.

"About two years ago, I officiated at the launch of the migration related data assessment for the development of the migration profile for Zambia, which was the precursor to the development of the actual migration profile," the Zambian minister said during the launch.

The government, he said, was already developing policies to address the aspects of migration and fit them into national development agenda, adding that migration was a reality which could neither be prevented or ignored as it happens voluntarily or involuntarily.

According to him, the inclusion of migration in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) makes migration a relevant wheel for sustainable development for migrants themselves, host and sending communities and states involved.

He further said the spotlight has continued on migration as evidenced by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adoption of the Global impact on safe, orderly and regular migration which took place in Dec. 2018.

Coumba Gadio, UN Resident Representative said during the same occasion that for the first time migration has become part and parcel of the global development agenda with the introduction of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals in 2015.

The agenda, she said, was relevant to all mobile populations, regardless of whether internal or cross border, displaced or not.