Record-breaking numbers of refugees and migrants are moving across international borders, fleeing conflict, persecution, poverty and other life-threatening situations, or responding to labour and skill shortages and demographic changes and seeking better opportunities elsewhere.
Migration provides immense opportunity and benefits – for the migrants, host communities and communities of origin. However, when poorly regulated, it can create significant challenges. These challenges include overwhelming social infrastructures with the unexpected arrival of large numbers of people and the deaths of migrants undertaking dangerous journeys.
The United Nations has implemented several initiatives to address these challenges. In 2016, the UN General Assembly decided to develop a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration through the adoption of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants. In July 2018 UN Member States finalized the text for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration which was formally adopted by Member States at an Intergovernmental Conference, held in Marrakesh, Morocco, in December 2018.
For more information about this topic, please visit www.refugeesmigrants.un.org.
Date of issue: 15 March 2019
Artist: Chris Gash (USA)
Denomination: € 1.80
Stamp size: 40 mm x 30 mm
Stamps per sheet: 20
Printer: Lowe-Martin Group
Process: Offset lithography plus hexachrome
Quantity: 8,500 sheets (170,000 stamps)