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02-09-04 // 19:44h

DOLORES JIMÉNEZ (ANTHROPOLOGIST): MIGRATION IS AN EXERCISE OF FREEDOM


The anthropologist from the University of Seville in Spain assured that there is tension between the universality of human rights and the territorial quality of migratory laws.


Dolores Jiménez, of the University of Seville in Spain, said today at the Dialogue  “Human Movements and Immigration” that “migration per se is not the problem but rather the expression of an exercise of freedom.” In her speech he said that, “the immigrant is only the object of the law and not the beneficiary, thus he becomes even more vulnerable.”

At the session, "Is managing immigration possible?" he said that, “is tension between the universality of human rights and the territorial quality of migratory laws. He also added that, “immigration certainly complicates receiving countries but it also enriches them."

She denounced immigration laws that will never be met and argued for simplifying them in order to make them more viable.  She also pointed out that, “the main cause of emigration is economic and the main emigrant is the worker."

She also criticized reports by many international organizations that deal with the migration and only give lists of the causes of migration. In her opinion we need a comprehensive focus on the problem.

She thinks that, “migration policy should regulate migratory services but not regulate migration, because migrating is a personal step toward freedom and using it as an economic instrument would be contrary to the concept of development for the benefit of the individual.”

Tomas D. Achacoso, former head of Philippines Overseas Employment Agency presented his speech “Times of Change: The Role of the Construction of Institutional Capacities in Migration Management" and spoke of the need to build a framework that allows people to reach an adequate economic level in their countries and to not have to emigrate for economic reasons. 

In regards to the Philippines and migration management he said that, “it is necessary to manage migratory policies from the receiving as well as emitting countries."



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