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Source: Republic of Colombia
• The meeting was organized by Colombia and had the participation of foreign ministers from 17 countries of the American continent, affected by the migratory phenomenon. • This is the first visit to Colombia by Antony Blinken as Secretary of State, at the invitation of the Vice President and Chancellor Marta Lucía Ramírez. Bogotá D.C. October 20, 2021 – @CancilleriaCol. The Vice President and Chancellor, Marta Lucía Ramírez, chaired -this Wednesday- the Ministerial Conference on Migration, with the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, at the Palacio de San Carlos, with the purpose of facilitating orderly mobility, safe, regular and responsible for migrants in the region. The meeting was attended by Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, the United States and Canada.
The Vice President and Chancellor explained that in the last three years the mobility of people to the north of the continent has increased, especially due to migration originated in the “very serious multidimensional crisis in Venezuela, which has particularly affected countries in South America and , although to a lesser extent, the same has happened with Haitian migration, which is now the most evident on its way to Panama ”.
The senior official pointed out that the Ministerial Conference seeks to agree on coordinated actions to face in a more efficient way the effects and causes of this situation for migrants and for the receiving populations and that it contributes to building a common vision of development, where our countries face the future together.
“Like all global risks, large-scale migration requires a global, multidimensional, multilevel and multisectoral response. This Regional Conference wants to immediately put a stop to the constant flow of migrants to the north and, simultaneously, pave the way for comprehensive and structural responses that definitively resolve the phenomenon, ”added the Vice President and Chancellor.
Faced with the difficulties faced by thousands of migrants, the senior official called the attention of the international community to address the crisis with a solidarity approach: “Some have gone through heartbreaking or very painful situations, which calls us to invoke the fundamental principle that Colombia has promoted when addressing this phenomenon, which is the principle of humanity ”.
The President of Colombia, Iván Duque, said during the meeting that migration should be managed with brotherhood: “We cannot let xenophobic sentiments or calls for rejection or indifference capture the political discussion. We know that we are facing moments politically and of great polarization, but this is the moment for a united Latin America to show the world what we are capable of in coordinating in the face of the greatest crisis of this nature that we have ever faced ”.
For her part, the Vice President and Chancellor stressed that an additional factor that makes the current situation more complex is the Covid 19 pandemic, which has been especially intense in Latin America, causing enormous difficulties and budgetary pressure on the governments of the hemisphere, to address appropriately both to their own populations, as well as to newcomers. “In the coming years a growth of 3% is estimated, clearly insufficient, especially when many of our countries will have to face the situation with a deteriorated fiscal margin and with limited tools to ensure a prompt and truly inclusive recovery with the most needy” , he said.
In this sense, the senior official emphasized the consequences for the social and economic stability of the nations in this area of the planet: “Our governments and our region must show their citizens and the world that, despite the difficulties they face , democracy and the free market continue to be the way to generate wealth, achieve sustainable development, generate new jobs, close social gaps and build trust in their institutions ”.
And he called on the countries of the region to face the situation jointly, with the common commitment to combat human trafficking and migrant smuggling; coordination between the governments present to adopt comprehensive policies for the prevention, management and attention of migratory flows and to address this phenomenon with a vision of development and generation of long-term opportunities in Latin America.
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