SIMN Policy Director Calls Upon UN Member States to Increase Legal Channels for Migration in Global Compact

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, December 6, 2017 – The Scalabrini International Migration Policy Director, Kevin Appleby, called upon UN member states to increase legal placements for undocumented migrants in the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration.  Appleby attended the UN “stocktaking” meeting on the Compact in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, December 4-6.

In his statement, Appleby argued that the Compact must set a target for increasing legal avenues for the world’s undocumented population through both regularization programs and an increase in visa numbers. 

Appleby suggested that member states increase their legal immigrant populations by at least 25 percent by 2030, in conjunction with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has estimated that 20-25 percent of the world’s migrant population is undocumented.

Increasing legal placements for undocumented migrants, Appleby argued, would protect them from unscrupulous smugglers and human traffickers.  He also added that a specific target to decrease the number of undocumented migrants in the world is “what the Compact needs” in order to make a difference on the ground.

Appleby also expressed concern with the US withdrawal from the Global Compact process, urging the US government to “re-engage” with the process.

The full statement can be found at:

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