Mexico, May 8 (Notimex) .- At least 38 percent of the shortage of workforce in the United States between 2000 and 2015 was covered by Latin American immigrants, among whom Mexicans and Central Americans contributed with more than 80 percent, according to data from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).
The international organization points out that although large movements of migrants can cause costs, they also have a notoriously positive social, economic and cultural impact in the countries of origin and destination.
It emphasized that the benefits of migration for economic growth are undeniable, since in 2015 the contribution of migrants to the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was approximately 6.7 trillion dollars, equivalent to 9.4 percent of global GDP.
It highlighted that a concrete example of the positive impact of migration in the countries of destination is the key role played by Latin American migrants in the demographic reproduction and the labor market in the United States.
ECLAC highlighted that the Global Compact recognizes the importance of the regional dimension of international migration, as well as the need to intensify regional cooperation.
In this regard, it pointed out that the regional economic commissions of the United Nations (UN) can contribute to the implementation of the Global Compact and its regional follow-up and monitoring processes, through the empirical analysis of trends in regional migration.
This, it added, in order to understand its fundamental causes, collect and produce data, provide methodologies to improve comparability and break statistical silence.
They can also provide platforms for regional review and dialogue between governments, the private sector, civil society, and other interested parties.