16 June 2019

Migrants’ Contributions Vital to Advancing Sustainable Development Goals, Secretary-General Stresses in Message for Day of Family Remittances

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on the International Day of Family Remittances, observed today:

The International Day of Family Remittances highlights the contributions that more than 200 million migrant workers make every day to improve the lives of their families and communities back home.

Family remittances have a direct impact on the lives of 1 billion people — 1 out of 7 individuals on Earth.  Added together, remittances are three times greater than official development assistance and surpass foreign direct investment.  That makes remittances a driver of economic growth and a powerful force in helping families reduce poverty and strengthen resilience in the face of uncertainty.  As such, they are also important tools in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals.

These critical contributions are recognized by the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration, which recommends specific actions to maximize the impact of remittances.  Indeed, migrants are essential both to the economic well‑being of developed countries and their countries of origin.  And it is in small towns, rural villages and urban neighbourhoods that remittances make the greatest impact, including by helping to make migration a choice, not a necessity, for future generations.

On this International Day, we recognize the importance of family remittances to inclusivity, global prosperity and a more equal world.

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