It always surprises me how once you learn a new word, you then come across it all over the place; the word was always there but I did not see it. So I wonder what other words and things are there which I may never become aware of. During a recent discussion I was engaged with a group defining what it is to be “happy” and we teased out the notion that happiness is most usefully thought of within the broader concept of ‘well-being’, which has to do with our response and relationship to the rest of creation.
And guess what I am now seeing the term “well-being” in lots of places, one that struck me in particular was strap line development is about human well-being used in a press release by the International Organisation for Migration to advertise their recently published report into migration. The far reaching report published prior to the UN meeting on Migration contributed to the 8 point agenda for action on Migration. Number five is to my mind very important because it recognizes the need to informing public perception of migration as a positive influence on well-being for everyone.
Migration is a political hot potato and lacks leadership in policy development that could avoid the need for the BBC report into the scandalous exploitation of migrant workers in Lincoln. Professor Ian Goldin makes the point that there should be an International Trade Agreements on Migration, though this has upset some because it seems to be treating people as a commodity. At least the issues are being acknowledged and addressed at an international level; in early November the European Migration Network meets to discuss the reality of the 232 million migrants living abroad worldwide.