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Safe, orderly, regular: Towards better migration in the Asia Pacific

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13.03.2018

IN 2017, Asia and the Pacific was home to 62 million international migrants. That’s a population larger than the Republic of Korea’s. Even more people from our region — over 100 million — live outside their countries of birth. At the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) we see this as an opportunity — one we should seize to shape a better future for our region.

There are many reasons why people migrate. Students do so looking for an education unavailable in their own county, to broaden their horizons and improve their prospects. Some migrants are refugees, fleeing violence and persecution.

In our region, we have tragically seen hundreds of thousands of civilians, the clear majority Rohingya, flee their homes in Myanmar to seek safety in Bangladesh in what the UN Secretary-General has rightly described as a refugee emergency: an unacceptable humanitarian and human rights nightmare that must be brought to an end.

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A woman crosses a makeshift bridge in the Chakmakul camp for Rohingya refugees in southern Bangladesh, February 13, 2018. Picture taken February 13, 2018. Source: Reuters/Andrew RC Marshall

But most migrants move in search of........

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