We live in a world on the move. IOM, the UN Migration Agency estimates that 1 in 7 (or 1 billion) persons globally is a migrant - essentially anyone that has moved away from his or her habitual place of residence either within their native country or across borders. Scarcity of decent jobs and income inequality within and between countries push many workers to move.
An OpEd by Dr Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat; William Lacy Swing, Director General of the UN Migration Agency (IOM); and Emilia Saiz, Deputy Secretary General of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
Libya is awash with tears for the tens of thousands of migrants from across Africa and beyond who have traveled there in search of a better life.
Thousands of African migrants facing rape, torture and extortion in Libyan detention centres are abandoning hopes of reaching Europe and instead queueing up to take charter flights back home under a scheme set up by the United Nations.
Contrary to prevailing mainstream political narrative, the recent migration flows across the Mediterranean to Europe are not the problem. But they have exposed the real problems we face.