ICRC comments on the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration
Dramatic large-scale movements of migrants and refugees have prompted mixed reactions around the world in recent years.
Significant expressions of solidarity and social mobilization have alternated with aggressive displays of anti-immigration attitudes and deep political unease. The human costs of migration, and of certain migration policies, have become increasingly clear.
It is against that backdrop, that the UN General Assembly convened a high-level summit to address large movements of refugees and migrants adopted in New York, on 19 September 2016. The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants was adopted there by 193 States. The document sketches the way towards the adoption of two global compacts in 2018. The first pertains to refugees, the second to safe, orderly and regular migration.
The ICRC has a first-hand understanding of the experience and suffering of migrants because of our humanitarian work with migrants in many parts of the world. For this reason, we follow the development of the two compacts closely and urge States to make three concrete commitments in the migration compact:
As part of these commitments, the ICRC calls on States to pay special attention to the principle of non-refoulement, use of force, family separation, unaccompanied children, missing people, immigration detention and migrants caught in armed conflicts.