The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres. Photo, Salvatore Di Nolfi / AP / NTB scanpix.

According to the Reuters, the rich, developed countries need more immigration if welfare is to be kept; this was stated by The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres during his introduction at the United Nations meeting in Marrakech, Morocco last Monday.

On Monday, the disputed Migration treaty, Global Compact for Migration, was passed by the United Nations during the two-day-long conference in the Moroccan city of Marrakech. The treaty was passed, acclaimed by an applause lasting for several minutes, despite the fact that many countries have abstained from signing.

Many fears that the treaty will lead to an increase in immigration and critics have pointed to the fact that the treaty is really about a legalising or regularisation of financial migration, and that it is stated that the nations will work against critics by for instance treating immigration critical medias in a special way. Many also fear for the freedom of speech and the press, among others the Norges Redaktørforening (the Norwegian Association of Editors).


Now, António Guterres, the Secretary General of the United Nations, says that increased immigration is exactly what is needed for the developed countries. If immigration is not increased, those living in such countries will suffer.

– It is crystal clear that most of the developed countries are in need of immigration over a wide spectrum of services, for instance caring for elderly people and prevent the collapse of the health care, Guterres said in his speech.

It is the elderly population in the developed countries to which Guterres is pointing as crucial to the alleged welfare collapse of the industrial countries. Consequently, one needs more people, and this is not about work immigrants.

If the countries are unwilling to be «enriched» by such immigration, the population will «suffer», according to the Secretary General.

Translated to English by Lars Hoem

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