Nonsikelelo Moyo, Business Reporter
PUBLIC Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister, Prisca Mupfumira says there is a need for a global consensus on managing migration as opposed to fighting it.
In a speech read on her behalf by the ministry’s secretary Mr Ngoni Masoka during the recent African Union experts meeting in Victoria Falls, the minister said migration was not a crime hence governments should come up with common understanding on managing it.
“We need a global consensus on managing migration as opposed to controlling or worse still fighting migration as we see in many parts of the world today,” said Minister Mupfumira.
“Our common reality, in the face of continued rapid globalisation, demands that we all recognise that migration is inevitable and that attempts to stifle it cannot make our individual nations more prosperous or safer than they would be with liberal migration regimes.”
The three-day meeting began on Friday and ended on Sunday under the theme “Reviewing the revised AU-migration policy framework for Africa 2018-2027”.
Concerns on the protection of migrants and refugees as well as ensuring safe, orderly and regular migration took centre stage during the meeting.
Minister Mupfumira said in order to facilitate orderly, safe and responsible migration, there was a need for the implementation of planned and well managed migration policies.
“The success of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda is significantly hinged on the effort that we will put towards better management of migration in all forms.
“This is in context with the Sustainable Development Goal number 10 and in particular SDG number 7, which expresses the need to facilitate orderly, safe and responsible migration.” she said.
Minister Mupfumira said SDG target 8 calls for the protection of labour rights and promotion of safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers.