Democratic Republic of the Congo
Permanent Mission to the United Nations
United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
Delegate: Elisabeth von der Ohe
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
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
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
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.