The current negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration present a rare opportunity to develop a new global approach to migration that is more effective and humane. It is an opportunity that cannot be missed.
Migration has always been a polarizing topic. But in recent years it has become even more divisive, to the point of dominating elections in many countries. Concerns about the impacts of migration on receiving states have led some governments to adopt strategies specifically designed to reduce and deter migration, extending even so far as restricting access to essential and lifesaving services including basic health care, shelter, food and legal assistance.
Governments have the right to set migration policies. However, contrary to conventional wisdom, all migrants, even those with no claim to asylum, have rights under international law. These rights include access to health, safety and protection.
Publication date: 06/07/2018
Document status: Final