The issue of migration will remain vital in 2016, said Sir Peter Sutherland, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) on Migration and Development.
He made this remark while speaking as a keynote speaker at a seminar on "Migration and Development: Challenges and Perspectives" in the auditorium of the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) in the city on Thursday.
He said, "The migration has become a matter of global focus as it merges issues of nationalism and developing integration by sharing sovereignty."
"You have to be concern with the movements of people. This is the missing part of the process of the institutionalisation of globalisation," Peter said.
"In the last 10 years, we have seen the gradual unfolding of this issue created by the prospective of change and reality of change due to war and conflicts in different parts, including Syria," he said.
"The countries must respond not by closing doors but by stretching their arms for the refuges," he mentioned focusing the need of expanding legal pathways to save migrants and encourage development with the migration.
The UN official regarded German Chancellor Angela Merkel as a heroine for her outstanding role in addressing the refugee crisis.
Peter Sutherland also praised Bangladesh's chairmanship in the upcoming 9th Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) scheduled to be held in Dhaka in December.