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.
So here we are, at the cusp of entering a new era on migration governance through the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) to be reached in 2018. With the development potential of migration now also firmly embedded in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we need to ensure that we take it one step further in the GCM.