Published on January 20th, 2018 | by Georgia Archonti0
IOM Zimbabwe Holds International Migrants Day Commemorations
IOM Zimbabwe this week (12/12) organized International Migrants Day commemorations in Harare to celebrate the contribution of migrants in origin and host countries and to create awareness of the need to respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of all migrants.
Representatives from government ministries, civil society organizations, the Zimbabwean diaspora, returned diaspora members, the media and the general public participated in the event.
Key activities of the event included testimonies of experiences of Zimbabwean diaspora members and the screening of a global migration film When I’m There, which was followed by a post-screening debate led by three panelists who have extensive diaspora experience.
The key messages from the testimonies and the film concerned the contributions of migrants in the development of home and host countries; challenges of migrants in transit, in host countries and during their return home; the intrinsic connection of migrants to their roots and the importance migrants’ rights regardless of their status.
Calls were made during the event for a “whole of government” approach and deliberate resolve by governments to address the negative drivers of migration, such as underperforming economies and climate change, so that people can migrate by choice rather than out of necessity.
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