International Organization for Migration Holds Seminar for Students, Practitioners

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The International Organization for Migration has held a Seminar on young researchers in Migration Related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Seminar which was held at the University of Ghana Center for Migration was held to bridge the gap that exists between researchers in the field of Migration and Migration practitioners as well as promote corporation among students and practitioners to influence policy through their work and provide opportunities for networking between students and practitioners.

In her Welcome address, Project Development and Reporting Officer for International Organization for Migration (IOM) Ghana, Benedetta Mangialardo said that migration remains akey development issue of the world in recent time, more evidently is the adoption of Migration as a Sustainable Development Goal in December last year.

“Migration is a key development challenge of our time, not only with the adoption of the global compact for Migration which was adopted by over 160 countries only last year but also with the inclusion of Migration in the Sustainable Development Goals in the 2030 Agenda”, she said.

In his opening remark, Director for Center of Migration Studies (CMS), Professor Joseph Kofi Teye recounted how migration if well managed can benefit both migrant serving and receiving areas to contribute to social transformation.

According to him, the focus over the years on Migration has been on the negative impacts with migrant serving areas mainly concerned about brain drain while migrant receiving areas focused on the pressure migration placed in social amenities.

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