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Democratic Republic of the Congo

Permanent Mission to the United Nations

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

Delegate: Elisabeth von der Ohe

Position Paper

Position of the DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO concerning the session of

the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on the topic

"International Migration and Development" in June 2007.

The DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO is proud to take part in the high level

dialogue regarding “International Migration and Development”. We would like to

reiterate that individual nations are incapable of effectively tackling these issues.

The causes and consequences of migration and development are myriad and

inherently transnational in nature and it is therefore crucial that we act in a

concerted, multinational manner when seeking solutions to these issues.

Therefore, the DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO suggests that we approach

this matter globally considering: economics, security, culture, finance and

legislation during our discussions.

The DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO experiences both high levels of illegal

immigration from surrounding nations and simultaneously migration of its most

skilled and able citizens in search of a better standard of living. For countries like

the DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO migration is primarily a result of

ambiguity. Misery, unemployment of academics and other highly skilled

professionals, underdevelopment and a lack of material security create the basis

for migration.

We feel that the struggle against migration movements is in vane, if it is not

accompanied by measures to address the dysfunctional African labour market.


The DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO is of the opinion that migration is a

destabilising factor not only for the receiving or transit nations, but also for the

home countries, especially regarding the previously mentioned brain-drain of

well educated Congolese workers.

Nevertheless the DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO also understands

migration as a positive factor for countries receiving our skilled and educated

migrants. We would even go so far as to point out, that well educated African

people constitutes a considerable form of aid for the receiving nations all over the

world.

Taking this into account we would again like to underline the need of cooperation

concerning international migration between home, transit and receiving nations.

The DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO sees solutions in protecting the

borders of the countries of destination, but primarily in stabilising the labour

markets of the countries of origin. We must invest in co-development projects and

support NGOs and fledgling local enterprises in order to mitigate the tension of

migration.

Therefore the DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO claims that the economic

and political stabilisation of our countries is a structural response to the

phenomenon of African migration.

The government of the DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO is looking forward

to taking part in the session concerning International Migration and

Development and hopes to be able to contribute in finding feasible, equitable and

long lasting solutions.

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