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The Ramphal Centre’s Commission on Migration and Development has released its first report on Migration in the Commonwealth.
The report, entitled ‘People on the Move: Managing Migration in Today’s Commonwealth’, was officially launched at a press conference, held on December 15, at the Royal Commonwealth Society in London.
High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Anthony Johnson, attended the event.
The Commission, which is chaired by former Prime Minister of Jamaica, P.J. Patterson, was established by the Ramphal Centre and Mr. Patterson in 2009, with the aim of examining issues relating to global migration and advising Commonwealth governments on how they might adopt mutually beneficial and practical policies to maximise the benefits of international migration.
It held its first meeting in May 2010 and in July, issued a ‘Call to Action’ to the Commonwealth to take the lead in “the wise management of the movement of people worldwide.” The Call to Action took the form of two high-profile press conferences, one in London and one in Montego Bay, , hosted by Mr. Patterson.
The report examines existing patterns of migration between countries of the Commonwealth and how those patterns are likely to develop in the future, as they are influenced by factors such as economics, ageing populations in the developed countries, and climate change. It also makes recommendations on how some of the more serious migration issues can be addressed.
The report is one of a series the Commission is preparing leading up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, Australia, in October 2011, where the final report will be presented to the leaders.
The first report is now a public document and can be seen on the Ramphal Centre’s website: www ramphalcentre.org.