Mainstreaming Migration, Development and Remittances at the Country Level. H.E. Mr. Libran N. Cabactulan Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the UN. GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS.
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H.E. Mr. Libran N. Cabactulan
of the Philippines to the UN
Definition of ‘migrant’ covers permanent, temporary (voluntary) & refugees (involuntary). Also ‘documented’ or ‘undocumented’, as well as, ‘internal’ or ‘international’.
For many countries, the term may be associated with local realities – developing countries refer to ‘migrant workers’; developed countries may look at those coming in to settle permanently.
According to the UNDP Human Development Report 2009, there are many misconceptions about migrants – in fact, most migration is internal, also most international migration occurs within countries of same level of development.
For the Philippines, migration primarily refers to movement outside its borders.
Around 10% of RP population of 90 million are abroad either on a permanent or temporary basis, found in almost 200 countries and territories and on the high seas.
Top 5 country in annual net out-migration
One of the top 10 migration corridors (RP-US)
the Rights of all Migrant Workers & Members of their Families
RP is in Top 10 recipients of migrant remittances (no. 4), and in top 20 of % of remittances to GDP. (WB 2009)
Remittances are greater than ODA and FDI.
Remittances continue to increase through the economic & financial crisis.
Efforts are exerted to channel remittances to domestic investments (business and real estate) rather than to pure consumption.
Thank You Country Level