UN Chief Wants World Leaders to 'Celebrate Migration' as Positive

Secretary General Guterres tells member states to make “more travel routes available.”

UN Secretary General António Guterres urged the “world leaders to celebrate migration as a positive,” Left-wing British newspaper The Guardian reported. Guterres called on the “UN member states to adopt a humane approach to migrants by making more travel routes available,” the newspaper added.

UN Secretary General Guterres made those statements while promoting the "Global Compact on Migration," an overarching international agreement aimed at putting a positive spin to the ongoing Migrant Crisis in Europe and elsewhere.

Guterres, a lifelong career politician and former head of the Socialist Party of Portugal, described the ‘Global Compact on Migration’ as an “unprecedented opportunity for leaders to counter the pernicious myths surrounding migrants.”

In September 2016, more than 190 members of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution to this effect -- also known as the "New York Declaration." The UN wants to see the full-fledged agreement passed at the General Assembly later this year.

In December, the Trump administration pulled the U.S. out of the UN-backed migration pact, saying, “We simply cannot in good faith support a process that could undermine the sovereign right of the United States to enforce our immigration laws and secure our borders.”

The Guardian reported the statements made by UN Secretary General Guterres:

The UN secretary general is urging the governments of member states to open up more routes for migration and take steps to promote and safeguard foreign labour.

António Guterres is calling for a collective shift to celebrate the international benefits of migration as part of an ambitious plan to create a more humane global strategy on the issue.

In a report published on Thursday, Guterres said political leaders must take responsibility for ending the stigma surrounding migration and dispel alarmist misrepresentations of its effects.

The report, entitled Making Migration Work for All, comes ahead of negotiations on a global compact on migration to be adopted by the UN general assembly later this year.

“The New York Declaration contains numerous provisions that are inconsistent with US immigration and refugee policies and the Trump Administration's immigration principles,” the US mission to the UN said in a statement published last month. “As a result, President Trump determined that the United States would end its participation in the Compact process that aims to reach international consensus at the UN in 2018.”

The UN chief’s statement comes just days after the German government release a report showing a direct link between migrant arrivals and surge in violent crimes.

The researchers used the German state of Lower Saxony to study the correlation between the migrant influx and violent crimes between 2014 and 2016, a period during which the number of such crimes spiked by over 10 percent. The study found that more than 90 percent of these additional violent crimes could be attributed to the newly-arrived migrants.

Germany's annual crime report, compiled by the Federal Crime Bureau (BKA), came to the same conclusion. The report, published in April 2017, found a more than 50 percent rise in migrant crime compared to the year before -- a staggering figure, if one gives credence to the countless German media reports in recent years highlighting the underreporting of migrant crimes in the country.

While the UN boss may prefer to put a positive spin to mass migration, the growing wave of crime and terrorism driven by unregulated immigration from Arab and Muslim countries into the West is more than self-evident.