Implementing first-ever global migration pact must involve public and private sector push

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This is Matt wells at UN news. Well, the private sector and civil society working in tandem, hold the biggest promise for making the first ever global compact on migration, a success for the countries who signed up, let's see opinion of topic Yussef the director of the Brookings Institution at Doha center in Qatar think tank focusing on this issue economic and political issues facing the Middle East more than one hundred and sixty governments adopted the non-binding packed at the two day conference in Marrakesh Morocco. Mr. Yussef who was a panelist there said helping migrants integrate into host communities need governments and businesses to work together. Speaking to Moustapha are Gamal in Marrakesh, Mr. Yussef explained how adoption of the compact boosts migrant rights around the world, today's dialogue focused on the role of partnerships and the role of innovations and translating a lot of the principals and the ideas contained in the pump and twenty -ality principles that emphasize. The economic empowerment of migrants that protection their safety the the need to gather information about flows about the numbers, the need to integrate them into society to the financial system into the training and education sectors. All of this cannot and will not be done by governments. It is too complex and too demanding a set of objectives and hints it is going to be the private sector and civil society. Whether it's nonprofits foundations community organizations. City governments all of them combined. And in fact, I would say they are already doing it. They're doing it. And a lot of my receiving countries for migrants, they're doing it in the field of employment training legal services healthcare. It's precisely those sets of initiatives partnerships and innovations in how we worked together to sort of the Meighan community that in my humble opinion, hold the biggest promise for what can be done after the adoption of this important compact are there any miss practices that would come to mind taken on by the private sector in regard to migraine financial inclusion of migrants, hyper an important area of interest and focus. It is precisely that technology developers working with startups in the financial. Services industry, and with other motor stab companies that are now offering solutions for migrants to become more integrated in the financial system to access banking accounts to be able to save and more importantly from the perspective of sending countries to able to also transmit remittances at at lower cost and to do this efficiently and to do it without all the traditional bureaucratic procedures, which either migrants are frightened bioch- don't have access to. So to the extent that the private sector is leading with innovations in the space of technology. They are already playing a bigger role than they should be encouraged and incentivize to do even more the private sector can advance their role further, you know, got chain, but us off communists, and trade unions and big large comp corporations that are employers who should. Adopt standards for worker safety fully income protection for non-discrimination and a host of things that will make migrants feel more. Welcome more protected and allow them to contribute, positively to the wellbeing not only of themselves and their families, but to their communities and to the countries that receive them in the countries that send them missile turkeys a few are based on the yes. It's known that the Gulf states in particular, the have this guarantor system, if how would that work now after the adoption of that global compact for migration, I think the adoption of the blowback comeback was further reinforced some of the very positive and promising initiatives that have been taken by a number of Gulf countries to liberalise a number of systems in place. That's regulate and tightly managed and maybe are seen as being overly burdensome for migrant workers in my humble opinion. Some of the initiatives already underway in number of countries to liberalise, the migration regime, and to to to prevent some of the practices that have become a a source of concern and criticism will be further reinforced countries will who have not adopted some of these initial steps. I would face now pressures to replicate what others have done and to do so in an orderly transparent way through legal processes, but we'll see a private sector. They're playing old and also a nongovernment sector, helping to disseminate information make would aware of their rights and the new system in place have been some also initiatives that have helped provide protections for workers incomes in a number of countries. He saw governmental let but they also have it acquired and have received the support of the private sector banks and financial services companies telecoms, for example, all of them. I think I think this Compaq by providing international legitimacy to migrant rights. Migrant needs will further incentivize governments and pushed them across the world. But especially in the countries that are were they are disproportionately represented, especially in the Gulf to do the right thing to move in the right direction and to complete the steps that that taken so far. So we've seen number of countries who refuse to come and sit at the table on the compact, what do you think of that? I think it's mixed but sense, given the polarization that migration as a phenomenon as a process as as I said about comes has created in a number of political context around the world right now just in America. But also in Europe, and in other developing countries, there is a backlash against no just globalization. But also the movement of of people now and given the emotions of right-wing political. Parties and their ascendants, and how they've contaminated political discussion on migration, it would only be natural that some governments will feel that elected hesitant or a fully find themselves against the objectives. And the aspirations of this compact, this might be temporary phenomena migration is has been around for a very long time. It will continue to be our round it will outlive. Many of the governments in place that have rejected this compact, and I think that extend that the world has come together. Now in the numbers in the strength and has adopted a set of very important principles and guidelines other countries will join ultimately at some point.

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