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Statement of Scalabrini International Migration Network—Second round of negotiations of the Global Compact on Migration

MAR 15 2018 by SIMN
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New York, March 15, 2018 - With over 250 programs worldwide serving migrants, including shelters, SIMN is well-versed in the reality of large migration movements.  In our experience, we find that stark distinctions between regular and irregular migrants and migrants and refugees do not reflect what is happening on the ground, which is what the GCM is trying to impact.  A person can meet the definition of a migrant or refugee, or can be seen as an irregular migrant or regular migrant, all at the same time. 

For example, an individual or family can be seeking family reunification at the same time they have a valid protection need.  We see this in our experience in working with Central American migrants, who can be fleeing organized criminal networks at the same time they are trying to reach a parent or other family member in the United States.  Because in some cases they are fleeing generalized violence, these persons or families may not receive asylum protection in the United States, even though their return may result in harm or even death.

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Global Compact on Migration: Issues at Play

FEV 11 2018 by SIMN
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New York, January 11, 2018 - One of the most significant outcomes of the New York Declaration on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants, a non-binding international agreement adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September, 2016, was the launching of a two-year process to develop a Global Compact on Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration, or as it is better known, the Global Compact on Migration.

The goal of the Compact is to identify specific policy goals and best practices to which UN Member States can commit in promoting safe and legal alternatives to irregular migration. While the document will reaffirm important principles outlined in the New York Declaration, its success will be defined by the actions Member States agree to take to address large-scale movements of migrants, ideally in a manner which upholds human rights while preserving national sovereignty.

UN Member States gathered in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from December 4 to 6, 2017 to engage in a “stocktaking” meeting to assess the information gathered from a series of thematic and regional hearings held on various migration issues during 2017. The negotiating stage of the process, in which Member Stateswill negotiate language of the Compact, will begin in February2018, when the “zero draft,” or the initial draft, of the Compactis released by the co-facilitators of the process, Mexico and Switzerland.

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Catholic Partners Urge 18-month Extension of Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador

DEV 21 2017 by SIMN
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WASHINGTON—On December 20, 2017, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, was joined by Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), and Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN) in sending a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, urging an 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador. 

TPS is a temporary, renewable, and statutorily authorized immigration status that allows individuals to remain and work lawfully in the U.S. during a period in which it is deemed unsafe for nationals of that country to return home.

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Declaración de la Red Internacional de Migración Scalabrini sobre el Día Internacional del Migrante de las Naciones Unidas - 18 de diciembre de 2017

DEV 19 2017 by SIMN
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Nueva York, 18 de diciembre de 2017 – En el Día Internacional del Migrante 2017, en el marco del 27º aniversario de la adopción de la Convención internacional sobre la protección de los derechos de Todos los Trabajadores Migrantes y de Sus Familiares, la Red Internacional de Migración Scalabrini ( SIMN) renueva su compromiso de salvaguardar la dignidad de los migrantes, las víctimas de la trata de personas, los refugiados, los marinos y sus familias y reitera la importancia de definir e implementar políticas y programas para proteger sus derechos humanos, independientemente de su estatus migratorio.

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