QATAR CALLS FOR STRENGTHENING INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION TO CURB ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

GENEVA, Switzerland, Mar 24 Qatar has stressed the need to strengthen international cooperation, to curb illegal immigration and fight against human trafficking.

The state also urged for the provision of technical assistance, to enable the affected countries to take measures to respect basic human rights of asylum seekers, especially vulnerable groups.

It also said, there was a need to address the roots of the crisis at national level, which was the main reason for the flow of refugees and migrants, and to find permanent solutions.

Qatar also emphasised the need to address the challenges linked to migration and asylum, which has become a major concern for a large number of countries.

In this case, action at international and national levels were required.

Noor Al Sada, Second Secretary of Qatar Permanent Mission in Geneva, made these remarks at the 31st session of the Human Rights Council, held from Feb 29 to Mar 24.

Al Sada noted that, the report prepared for discussion, pointed out that children, whether they were alone or with their families, were most affected by immigration and asylum seekers, where access to basic services were very poor.

This is the same for women, the elderly and people with disabilities, she said.

She also said, Qatar has launched a number of initiatives that address key priorities of refugees and displaced persons, such as education.

Recently, Qatar established a fund to provide education and training opportunities for Syrian refugees, based on dual education system, combining education in schools and training institutions, by building schools in refugee

camps, in coordination with host countries for refugees.

Source: QNA