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Unlocking the Potential of Migration for Small Island Developing States: A Path to Resilience and Prosperity

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IOM will participate in the fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS4) in Antigua and Barbuda (27-30 May).
IOM will participate in the fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS4) in Antigua and Barbuda (27-30 May).

As the fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS4) convenes in Antigua and Barbuda, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) underscores the pivotal role of well-managed migration in achieving resilient prosperity for these nations.

The conference aims to evaluate progress towards sustainable development in SIDS and will see the ratification of the Antigua and Barbuda Agenda for SIDS (ABAS), a comprehensive 10-year plan to bolster resilient economies and foster prosperous societies.

IOM Director General Amy Pope emphasizes that while SIDS face formidable challenges, they also possess significant opportunities for sustainable development and prosperity. Safe and regulated migration pathways, she asserts, are instrumental in harnessing the potential of SIDS workforces to diversify and strengthen economic progress.

Migration is deeply ingrained in the social, economic, and cultural fabric of SIDS, with millions of international migrants calling these states home and contributing to intra-regional mobility. Leveraging diasporas’ skills, networks, and economic capital can accelerate progress and growth in these nations.

Remittances from migrant workers, amounting to USD 22 billion in 2023, play a crucial role in supporting sustainable development, climate adaptation, and poverty reduction in SIDS. Additionally, well-managed migration pathways, including enhanced labor migration between small islands, can help address demographic challenges and facilitate economic diversification.

Furthermore, well-managed migration can be integrated into climate and environmental resilience efforts, offering solutions to displacement and driving sustainable development initiatives.

IOM reaffirms its commitment to collaborating with various stakeholders to maximize the potential of migration as a catalyst for human development and global prosperity, ensuring a path towards resilience and prosperity for Small Island Developing States.

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