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Caricom Secretariat collaborates with a number of organisations to address migration issues

shot0029The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) together with the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC) and the United Nations Population fund (UNFPA) are hosting the Caribbean Forum on Population, Migration and Development.

One of the aims of the forum is to examine the positive and negative aspects of migration and chart a way forward.

The Minister of Human Services and Social Security Jennifer Webster pointed to the positive aspects of migration.

Diane Quarless, who works with United Nations Economic Commission for the Caribbean said that though remittances to the region by nationals who move overseas is significant, outweighing even overseas development assistance, it cannot compensate for the haemorrhage of skilled workers who are needed to develop Caribbean economies.

Apart from migration, the forum addresses other social and economic issues, such as HIV/AIDS, which the Caribbean has enjoyed success in tackling.

The Forum on Migration and Development is part of a project being Funded by the European Union to address migration and development.

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