Ruth Maguire MSP for Cunninghame South today joined in with voices across the world espousing the positive contribution to communities of migrants on International Migrants Day.
The 2019 theme for International Migrants Day is social cohesion, recognising the cultural enrichment that migrants bring to their community in addition to the generosity and warmth of those communities which welcome them.
Ms Maguire said: “Migrants around the world who have made their home in a new community, whatever their circumstances should be welcomed with open arms. They add to the fabric of life in their new communities and broaden our own experiences.”
The Director General of the International Organisation for Migration, António Vitorino said:
“Our societies are not static; our networks of community are constantly fracturing and rebuilding when faced with change, whether due to economic recession, aging populations or the tensions of different political world views.
“Too often, when we speak of migration, we debate whether it is good or bad, costs too much or pays out too little and the precise contributions that migrants make to our lives. But to view migration as an accounting practice is to reduce it to a fraction of its whole. It is an evolving –often challenging—yet integral part of our societies, enriching them in multiple, intangible ways.”The Director General of the International Organisation for Migration, António Vitorino