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Guatemala: President Arévalo urges for effective migration response

Guatemala City, May 7 (Prensa Latina) Guatemalan President Bernardo Arévalo on Tuesday urged in Guatemala for an effective response that will allow a positive impact on order, protection and regularization of migrants.

Addressing high-ranking representatives from 20 regional countries who have signed the 2022 Declaration of Los Angeles, United States, Arévalo said that the greatest challenge of this text is to translate it now into concrete expressions.

At the opening ceremony, the Guatemalan leader called for operational strategies to mitigate issues closely related to disorderly and irregular migration.

“Let our policies and actions be aimed at protecting migrants´ welfare and that of the communities that welcome them,” Arévalo stressed.

He proposed that the purpose of providing safe, orderly, humane and regular migration should move leaders at the conclave to work to find solutions to the risks that this phenomenon can bring about.

The commitment, Arévalo stressed, must be translated into concrete actions related, for example, to managing irregular migration as required by law.

The first challenge as leaders and authorities is to recognize and protect the dignity of each one of these people.

In principle, he described migration as a phenomenon and not a problem, which can become the latter when the welfare of those who migrate or of the territories they move is being affected to.

This is an issue in which it is necessary that, as leaders of our nations, we recognize its deep structural causes and its immediate and conjunctural expressions, said the President.

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