Ethiopia calls for increased investment on youth employment to stem irregular migration and hunam traficking
State Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Particpated in a dialogue organized under the theme ‘’Promoting Action on the Commitments of the Global Compact for Migration’’ at the Intergovernmental Conference to adopt the Global Compact on Migration on 10th of December 2018 in Marakesh,Morocco. Dr Markos in his intervention called the adoption of the Global Compact a historic milestone on its own right as a culmination of 18 months of intense negotiations to forge common grounds in spite of diverse positions of states and non-state actors in different facets of Migration. He added that the Compact represents a commitment of all actors to wards international cooperation, solidarity with migrants who often find themselves in the receiving end of many of the challenges and firm dedication to maximize the positive contribution of Migration to the development of origin, transit and destination countries.
He furthur emphasized that the implementation of the Global Compact on Migration should give priority to supporting developing countries to build strong national capacity in terms drawing comprehensive policy and building strong national coordination mechanism. He noted countries like Ethiopia should be supported to streamline the Global Compact on Migration in their national development plans and put in place the necessary tools for their implementation. Dr Markos also underlined Ethiopia’s belief that the implementation of the Global Compact should give priority to a stronger role and of regional and sub-regional organizations as building blocks of regional integration and ensure that they play their share in the implementation.
Discussing the labour nigration challenges Ethiopia facing as a major labour sending country to Gulf countries , he called for a platform for dialogue with Gulf countries to improving the working conditions of the migrants workers and ensure their rights are duly observed. between sending and receiving countries.He furthur stressed that Ethiopia also believes that, the focus on making human mobility safe , regular and orderly should be matched by investment on the youth in origin countries to help them benefit from the demographic dividend. Dr Markos underscored that the ultimate solution to stemming irregular migration lies in our capacity in increasing investment in yoth employment opportunities. He further indicated that Ethiopia’s firn stance that increasing employment opportunities at home should be supported by efforts at promoting circular migration in safe , regular and orderly way. He called all actors in migration management to leverage resources to ensure that migration is labour responsive,hence, filling the gaps in destination countries while allowing social and economic remittances accelerate development in developing countries