3 October 2013

Statement by H. E. Mr. Eshagh Ale Habib Advisor to the

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran

At the High Level Dialogue On

International migration and Development

New York, 3-4 Oct. 2013

بسم الله

In the Name of God The Compassionate, The Merciful

Mr. President,


Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the outset, let me express my delegation’s condolences to bereaved families of those who have lost their lives this morning off the southern coast of Italy. My delegation would like also to associate itself with statement made by Fiji on behalf of the G77 and China.
Historically, Iran, being an ancient civilization, was at the heart of the famous Silk Road, connecting the West and East by linking traders, merchants, pilgrims, monks, soldiers, nomads and urban dwellers from far east to far west during various periods of time. This geopolitical position had provided Iran a unique opportunity to contribute to the international migration as a bridge between East and West.

Today, with 232 million international migrants in the world, migration has increased in volume, scope, complexity and impact since the adoption of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development. It is an intrinsic feature of a globalizing world in which economic, social, demographic, political and environmental factors all should be considered in assessing the effects of international migration on sustainable development and identifying relevant priorities in view of the preparation of the post-2015 development framework.

Mr. President,

At the national level the Islamic Republic of Iran has established the High Council of Iranians Abroad in the Presidential office that offers services to all Iranian migrants including those who are highly educated and skilled; thus, play an important role in their host communities all over the world.

We urge destination states to avoid imposing any limitations on the contacts between migrants and their states of origin. This is especially important with regard to those who are highly educated and skilled migrants. The continued contact between them and their states of origin could contribute to the transfer of knowledge of skills and accelerate the development of developing countries.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has been an active member of the IOM for more than a decade. We have had joint initiatives with IOM on disseminating the knowledge on International Migration Law in Tehran since 2007.

On international migration and development we have jointly established and run with IOM an important program funded by the government of Japan. This program is called “Return and Reintegration of Qualified and Skilled Afghan Nationals from the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan”.

The Islamic Republic of Iran shares this view with many countries that highly skilled and educated international migrants can play important role in the development of their country of origin; hence, their relations, communications, transactions, access and transportation to the country of origin should not be restricted at all by the destination countries. Likewise, they should not also be discriminated at all including, in their access to academic education, scientific resources as well as financial resources.

In conclusion Mr. President,

The Islamic Republic of Iran remains cooperative with all states and with the United Nations system and other relevant organizations especially through UNFPA and IOM offices in Tehran to meet the challenges of migration as well as making migration an opportunity for creating a better world for all in the future.

I thank you Mr. President.

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