LAUNCH OF IOM PUBLICATION “MIGRANT SMUGGLING AND DATA RESEARCH: A GLOBAL REVIEW OF THE EMERGING EVIDENCE BASE”

Mehmet Ferden ÇARIKÇI 02.11.2016

LAUNCH OF IOM PUBLICATION “MIGRANT SMUGGLING AND DATA RESEARCH: A GLOBAL REVIEW OF THE EMERGING EVIDENCE BASE”

(2 November 2016, 12:30-13:45, Graduate Institute, Auditorium 2)

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a pleasure for me to be here today to launch the first part of the “Migrant Smuggling and Data Research” report, titled “A Global Review of the Emerging Evidence Base”. I thank our host, Graduate Institute and our distinguished panelists, also all of you for attending this event. Taking this opportunity, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the IOM for becoming a UN related agency last September.

Indeed, Turkey with her wide experience about migrants and refugees, attaches utmost importance to the protection of rights, dignity and well-being of migrants regardless of their status. With this understanding and within the framework of the close cooperation with the IOM, we support IOM’s project titled “Comprehensive Global Approach to Counter Migrant Smuggling and Enhanced Migrant Protection”. The report we are launching today is a part of this very important and timely work as the global debate on migration is among the top items on the international agenda.

Let me briefly touch upon the essentials of this work. The aim of the project is to contribute to the development of better and more comprehensive operational responses to effectively address migrant smuggling, while improving the protection of vulnerable migrants. In this regard, establishing a good evidence base through proper research is absolutely vital.

We believe that in order to fill the gap on migration data, primary research on a greater scale that covers wider geographical regions is needed. We think that this will help countries to enhance their migration management policies and strengthen their responses.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Turkey, as the previous Chair of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) and the Chair of the Budapest Process, exerts every effort to help people in need. Today, she hosts the largest refugee population in the world. We also work for strengthening international solidarity and responsibility sharing. In this regard, we hosted the first ever World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016.

The international community should aim to respond to the new realities of migration. Thus, the Summit on Refugees and Migrants on 19th September and the New York Declaration provided us with the necessary guidance and tools. By adopting this Declaration, we have made important commitments. The Declaration paved the way for starting to work on two separate ‘Global Compacts’, on safe, orderly and regular migration and on refugees. Turkey is ready to actively take part in this process. We believe that with our wide experience, we can bring an added value to the discussions.

The time is ripe for taking bold decisions and put them into action. It is the responsibility of each and every individual, as well as countries, to extend a helping hand to the people in need. We should work together to protect the lives and dignity of the migrants, be they regular or irregular or forced to displace. If we join our efforts, we can prevent them taking dangerous journeys most of which cost their lives and stop smugglers to profit from the vulnerabilities of helpless people.

Thank you.

Atatürk

Sadık Arslan Ambassador

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