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Statement of the Scalabrini International Migration Network International Dialogue on Migration April 19, 2017

APR 24 2017 by SIMN
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The Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN) operates 270 programs worldwide serving migrants, refugees, victims of human trafficking, and the internally displaced—schools, shelters, parishes, and community centers.  We would like to thank the International Organization on Migration (IOM) for hosting this dialogue and allowing for our participation.

While SIMN plans to comment on the many substantive issues involved in the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration as the process continues, we would like to make one general comment at the outset.  This perspective comes from our observations and experience in the field.

The lofty goals of the Compact, as articulated by Director General William Swing and others, and the reality on the ground are far apart—a gap that will be challenging to bridge.   The reality on the ground is that a record number of persons are on the move globally and a new model is already emerging to address their large movements.  Unfortunately, this model is not based upon human rights principles, but on the goal of keeping large movements of persons where they are, and, in some cases, pushing them back to from where they have fled.

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