1 out of every 30 around world is a migrant, at front in battle against COVID-19: UN

1 out of every 30 people around the globe is a migrant, and many of them have been at the forefront of the fight against #COVID19.

At the end of August 2020, nearly 118 Ghanaian migrants left Libya due to COVID-19 restrictions were able to go back home, and they waited at the Tripoli Airport, preparing to board the flight home.

The flight was the first under the International Organization for Migration’s Volunteer Humanitarian Return (VHR) programme since the beginning of the pandemic.

Several VHR flights to various countries in Africa have since followed, made possible through the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration.

Currently, more people than ever in history live in a country other than the one in which they were born.

As per the IOM World Migration Report, in June 2019, the number of international migrants was calculated to be almost 272 million internationally, 51 million more than in 2010.

As per Research, almost two-thirds were labour migrants. Global migrants composed 3.5 per cent of the global population in 2019. This approximated to 2.8 per cent in 2000 and 2.3 per cent in 1980.

According to UNHCR, the number of globally forcibly expelled people worldwide was nearly 79.5 million at the end of 2019. Of these, 26 million were refugees. 45.7 million people were internally replaced, 4.2 million were asylum-seekers, and 3.6 million were Venezuelans expelled abroad.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is to acknowledge for the first time the assistance of migration to sustainable development. 11 out of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) contain targets and indications appropriate to migration or mobility. The primary motive of this agenda is to “leave no one behind,” not even migrants.

The reference of the SDGs is to make a target for the migration people nearly 10.7 to promote orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through the execution of planned and well-managed migration policies.

And rest of the targets were straightly related to trafficking, remittances, international student mobility and many others. Moreover, migration is somehow relevant to many more cross-cutting targets.