International and Trans-border Migration

Posted by khmernews on June 14, 2007

Cambodia Consultative Meeting on Migration
Thematic Seminar on International and Trans-border Migration
May 26, 2006 at SUNWAY HOTEL

Opening remark by H.E Dr. Seng Lim Noeu
Secretary of State and Vice-Chairman of National Committee for Population and Development at the Office of Council of Ministers

Organized by the National Committee for Population
and Development (NCPD)
With support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

You Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you all for coming.

It is a great honor and pleasure for me to again open this second Cambodia Consultative Meeting on Migration, on International and Transborder Migration.

On the behalf of the Office of Council of Ministers I would like to thank the National Committee for Population and Development (NCPD) and UNFPA for their great efforts in preparing this second meeting.

Today the issue of international migration will be discussed, and hopefully draw ort constructive recommendations to be conveyed to the Cambodian delegation that will attend the upcoming General Assembly High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development this September.

International population migration is of great concern to the Royal Government of Cambodia. Last year about 200 000 migrants were documented going to countries such as S. Korea, Malaysia, and Thailand. This number only represents a fraction of those who go overseas for work or other reasons, as we are all aware that there are an estimated 2 million Cambodians around the world in places such as Saudi Arabia, Australia, France and the United States.

It is important to consider how the process of migration can be made safer and more beneficial for migrations and their families, especially for the most vulnerable, the poor, the young, women, and children. Our country may also benefit from international migration as well, gaining from remittances and investments made by the Cambodians overseas, as well as the knowledge and skills of gained from returnees.

At the last meeting, it was clear that there is a wealth of experience to share on the topic of migration. Therefore, let me open the meeting and let us hear from some key actors in Cambodia currently working on the important issues of international and transborder migration.

Thank You all for your participation today.


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