UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling migration “a positive global phenomenon,” saying migrants around the globe contribute greatly to the world economy.
Guterres said at a news conference Thursday that “migrants are a remarkable engine for growth,” though over 60,000 people on the move have died since 2000.
He spoke ahead of Friday’s expected agreement by the U.N. General Assembly on a new Global Compact for Safety, Orderly and Regular Migration — minus the United States and probably Hungary.
Guterres says the compact is aimed at strengthening international cooperation against human traffickers, protecting victims, and increasing opportunities for legal migration.
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The compact is not legally binding and will be formally adopted at a ministerial meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco, in December.