World Leaders to arrive in Marrakech for UN Migration pact!

There were 258 million international migrants in the world last year, increasing almost 50 percent since 2000, according to the United Nations.

If all of the world’s international migrants lived in a single country, it would be the world’s fifth largest population, according to a Pew Research Center report.

The number of migrants, representing 3.4 percent of the world’s population, is increasing faster than the global population, driven by economic prosperity, inequality, violence, conflict and climate change.

But the migration isn’t always safe, either during transit or once the country of destination is reached.

The challenge of dealing with these elemental population flows has become one of the great political dividers of our age. And to date it has prompted a wide range of largely national solutions. Within the EU, ministers only this week again demonstrated the difficulty of producing co-operative cross-national solutions as they deadlocked again in their debate on reform of the union’s asylum system.

On Monday, however, 180 nations will gather in Marrakesh to approve the UN’s first serious attempt at a co-ordinated approach, the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, which was finalised in July following 18 months of negotiations.

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