“Making diverse societies work is not simple,” says Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland in this video statement to mark International Migrant’s Day.
“There are real challenges in building trust between people of different cultures and religions, particularly in times of crisis. But political leadership and inclusive discourse can help overcome mistrust and fears. Identity matters but we should avoid the traps of identity politics.
“The question we need to address – on the International Migrants day as well as every other day – is not whether to accept migration or not but how to manage it so that its advantages are greater than its costs.
The answer is complex but it can be a positive one if we apply two main principles: full respect for human rights and democratic values; and policies of inclusion which enable everyone to realise their potential.”