INVITATION TO THE PRESS
UN to release the World Economic and Social Survey 2004:
Press Centre Residence Palace
Room “Passage” (ground floor)
NOVEMBER 2004, 10:30 AM
Gonnot, Chief of the Inclusive Development
Section of the UN Department of Social and Economic
report, including the information below, is under strict
embargo until 29 November at 06.00 PM
United Nations Information Centre
(RUNIC). Coordination: Jean-Luc
Information Officer for the BENELUX and the EU
Tel. 32.2.788.84.84; cellular phone: 32.476/215.485
Global launch will be held in New York but subsidiary launches
will take place in Brussels, for the European region and
in Mexico for the Latin American region.
In Europe, immigration can and has offset many of the consequences
of population ageing and labour shortages, but by itself
is not the salvation of struggling pension programmes, the
United Nations says.
Alongside appreciation of immigration’s advantages
lie anxieties that it brings down wage and employment rates
(perceptions largely confounded by empirical data, the UN
finds), and that it can dilute or fracture cultural identities
and values. These conflicting impulses appear to be reflected
in a growing duality among national immigration policies
within Europe, says this year’s UN World Economic
and Social Survey.
In 1976, 83 per cent of European governments assessed immigration
levels as satisfactory, while 17 per cent found them too
high and none as too low, according to the Survey. By 2003,
however, only 67 per cent maintained policies neutral to
immigration volume, with 9 per cent encouraging higher flows
and 23 per cent seeking restrictions.
“Migration affects the social fabric of both home
and host societies,” the Survey says. “The dynamics
of social relationships among migrants, home and host societies
are complex but the over-riding challenge for host countries
is to integrate migrants into local society.”
“Recently, however, there has been disenchantment
with multicultural principles in some receiving countries,
where there is increasing debate about ways of making migrants
conform to national norms,” the Survey continues.
In addition to instilling knowledge of local language and
civic culture in migrants, the it suggests that there also
is “great scope for increased action to promote respect
of cultural, religious and ethnic diversity in most receiving
The UN Economic and Social Survey is published annually
by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, which
monitors, evaluates and analyzes relevant trends and upon
request of Member States sets standards and goals. Part
I of the Survey reports on economic and macroeconomic conditions
of the past year and projections for the next. Part II covers
a selected theme of international significance and timeliness.
For more information, contact the Development
Section of the UN Department of Public Information, through
Tim Wall, 1-212-963-5851, or Ellen McGuffie, 1-212-963-0499.
World Economic and Social Survey 2004:
International Migration (Sales No.: E.04.II.C.3; ISBN 9211091470)
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