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