Geneva, 28 November 2018 – The following is in response to the announcement earlier today by the Italian government that it will not attend the Intergovernmental Conference on the Global Compact for Migration. This decision follows similar announcements by a number of other governments in recent weeks.

Francesco Rocca, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), said:

The Global Compact for Migration is an opportunity to fix a global approach to migration that does not work.

“Too many people are dying every day. Too many people are suffering. And too many people are being exploited by traffickers and smugglers who are all too happy to capitalize on the lack of an effective and humane global approach to migration.

“We urge all governments to come together, to sign this agreement and, more importantly, to work with us to turn its ambitions into policies and laws that make a difference on the ground.

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Matthew Cochrane, +41 79 251 8039, matthew.cochrane@ifrc.org

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