|By Daniel Schearf
05 October 2009
U.N. report says migrant workers improve human welfare at home and in
host nations. The report says governments should make it easier for
workers to travel abroad.
A new report by the U.N. Development Program says migrant workers bring significant benefits to both their host and home countries.
|A migrant worker walks at Shanghai Train Station in Shanghai, China (File)|
U.N. report says governments also place undue restrictions on women
migrants. It cites Burma, Saudi Arabia, and Swaziland's restrictions on
women leaving the country and says more than 20 nations do not allow
women to apply for passports on their own.
The U.N. report also ranked people's well being on a Human Development Index based on data from 2007.
Out of 182 countries and territories, the top three on the development scale were Norway, Australia, and Iceland, while the worst off were Niger, Afghanistan, and Sierra Leone.
The report says a person in Norway earns an average income 85 times what someone in Niger earns, while a child born in Niger is expected to live 30 years less than a child born in Norway.
The HDI ranking is based on gross domestic product per capita, life expectancy, literacy, and school enrollment.
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