UN Chief in ‘Support Migrants’ Plea, as Remittances Drop by 20 Percent

In his message, Mr. Guterres recognized the determination of the 200 million migrants who regularly send money home, and 800 million families, in communities throughout the developing world, who depend on those resources.

In order to help migrants, "engines of the global economy", who make "crucial contributions to well-being across the world", the UN chief called for a reduction in remittance transfer costs, financial services for migrants and their families – particularly in rural areas – and the promotion of financial inclusion for a more secure and stable future. Such measures are proposed in the UN’s Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, described my Mr. Guterres as a "key platform for action".

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