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The opportunity to learn from the past

18 December: International Migrants Day

At present, everyone agrees that migration is on the global agenda. Often, we see that it is present in journalistic media while increasing the number of people who think, often without full knowledge, about its various effects. In this regard, we must take into account the situation of the nearly 260 million migrants in the world, as certified by the United Nations (the international body that established 18 December as International Migrants Day), in order to draw the attention of States and safeguard respect for the human rights of those seeking new opportunities for themselves and their families. Thought currents are also verified that indicate negative views on the impact it generates on the social behaviours and economies of the countries receiving these flows. As we know, in Argentina our social, economic and cultural composition is marked by men and women who were not born in our country. In this regard, Rogelio Frigerio points out: “We have a country that became great with immigration and in our Constitution it is clearly stipulated that we must be open to all those immigrants who want to come to live, to work and to produce and be strict to avoid the entry of those who believe that this country is suitable for crime.” The National Government, the Ministry of the Interior and the National Directorate of Migration are therefore working together to develop internationally agreed public policies for safe, orderly and regular migration. It is in this context that in the last triennium almost 600,000 residences were granted to foreigners. In this regard, complementation with global agencies such as the International Organization for Migration (IOM) or the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and key areas of the Argentine State linked to human rights, justice, labour, education and health have been essential for our management. Of course, for us the role of officials who have been working in our agency for a long time is essential. For them we have special recognition, in honor of their commitment and dedication. Together we work with the purpose of having an Argentina more hospitable, supportive and attentive to national interests. We are convinced that it is possible to build a virtuous circle where the welfare of immigrants and the development needs of the whole territory meet. This is why we are moving forward with the program to orient migratory flows to places in the country that demand genuine labour. The plan is just taking its first steps and there are fruits already. We must learn from the past, it's an opportunity. At the beginning of the twentieth century migratory flows were directed without the technology of these times. So how can we not be able to do it? We have political will, computer tools, specialists, delegates throughout the country and clearly that migrants represent a fundamental part for the development and take-off of the nation.

By Horacio García, National Director of Migration, who reports to the Ministry of the Interior, Public Works and Housing.

Source: Telam

Publication Date: 18/12/2018

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