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Declaration of the United Nations Migration Network

Geneva – On International Migrants Day, the United Nations Migration Network calls on the international community to strengthen collective action to protect the lives of migrants, reduce their vulnerabilities and maximize the benefits of safe migration orderly and regular.

As the international community prepares for the first International Migration Review Forum (IMRF) at the United Nations General Assembly next May, the Network recalls the spirit of solidarity and international cooperation that underpins the Compact Global for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) recognizing that no state can tackle migration alone. The Network encourages all States and stakeholders to make concrete commitments before the Forum, in pursuit of the objectives of the PMM and based on its guiding principles.

However, greater collective action is needed to address the continuing human cost of policies and practices that continue to place migrants in vulnerable situations. Since December 2018, nearly 14,000[1] migrants lost their lives trying to reach new destinations. Many migrants have been stranded or forcibly returned without due regard for their rights, safety and well-being; many, especially those who are undocumented, have been denied access to basic health care, including vaccinations, testing and treatment for COVID-19. Today, more girls and boys are on the move than ever; far too many are growing up without education, with COVID-19 further limiting their access to learning opportunities.

“COVID-19-related border closures and the resulting economic crisis have resulted in significant job losses for migrant workers around the world, with a disproportionate impact on women, who have income security and social protection even more limited and which continue to suffer from wage discrimination, ”said António Vitorino, Director General of the International Organization for Migration and coordinator of the United Nations Migration Network.

“The current politicization of migration and the dehumanization of migrants, observed in many contexts around the world, is fueling xenophobia, undermining our commitment to build more resilient and inclusive societies and to strengthen the multilateral system,” he said. he adds.

As we mark International Migrants Day and celebrate the third anniversary of the adoption of the Global Compact, the United Nations Migration Network urges States and all stakeholders to intensify international cooperation and strengthen global partnerships, regional, bilateral, national and local for a safe, orderly environment and regular migration, including through:

  • Recognizing the overarching obligation to respect, protect and fulfill the human rights of all migrants, regardless of their migration status;
  • Maximize the positive contribution of migrants and diasporas as actors of development with full access to national systems of health, education, social protection and decent work;
  • Accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by addressing the unfavorable and structural factors that prevent people from creating and sustaining sustainable livelihoods in their countries of origin, and oblige them thus to seek a future elsewhere;
  • Open avenues for regular migration as a viable alternative to precarious or irregular migration and depend on migrant smuggling networks;
  • Dismantle organized criminal groups engaged in migrant smuggling and human trafficking, and disrupt their business model and related financial flows that support their activities, while protecting their victims, including through non-criminalization and access to justice;
  • Collaborate with migrants and all relevant stakeholders, including children and youth, in the implementation, monitoring and review of the PMM;
  • Make concrete and achievable commitments prior to the IMRF to act towards the tangible achievement of the goals and commitments of the Global Compact, including through the provision of financial and technical assistance, and increasing support to the Multi-Partner Trust Fund for migration.

As we move towards the first global review of the Global Compact, we must strengthen our collective action and demonstrate the value of international cooperation in forging collective solutions to work towards safe, orderly and regular migration.

The United Nations Migration Network was established to ensure effective, timely and coordinated system-wide support to member states in the implementation, monitoring and review of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly Migration and regular. While the Network’s mandate focuses on migration, states are also called upon to implement these recommendations relevant to refugees and asylum seekers and to protect the human rights of everyone equally, regardless of status. migratory.

For more information please contact:

United Nations Migration Network (secretariat)
Florence kim
[email protected] +41797480395

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