Published on December 21st, 2016 | by Elpida Tsiaka0
Commission: Joint Statement on the occasion of International Migrant Day on 18 December
On the occasion of International Migrant Day on 18 December, Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, and Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, made the following statement:
On 18 December we dedicate our thoughts to all migrants around the world, to refugees and displaced people for whom migration can be a matter of life or death.
When we speak of migration, we should never forget the human element: that today, more than 65.3 million people worldwide are displaced from their homes by conflict, persecution or poverty. Unbearable living conditions, whether caused by conflict, economics, or politics, mean that millions worldwide leave their homes and livelihoods behind, in search of a better future and a life in dignity. And we also shouldn’t forget the positive contribution migrants can bring to development of their communities of origin and to our societies…
For the entire joint statement and more information here