Caritas Critical of Austrian Decision not to Join UN Migration Pack

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    Caritas Internationalis said November 2, 2018, the Austrian decision to pull out of the UN Global Compact on safe, orderly and regular migration risks destabilizing international efforts at providing coordination in protecting the lives of migrants and refugees. It comes after the USA and Hungary pulled out.

    The Global Compact on Migration offers a framework to governments to improve their response to the mass movements of people and to reduce the suffering of millions. It is due to be signed at the Intergovernmental Conference in Morocco on the 10 and 11 of December.

    It’s a legally non-binding agreement, that respects the sovereignty of states to manage their borders and acknowledges that migration is a global phenomenon that cannot be handled by a single state alone.

    “The Global Compact on Migration represents the policies needed to welcome, protect and integrate migrants,” says Michel Roy, Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis. “It is a sign of hope that the international community recognizes human mobility as a feature of our times and wants to make it positive for migrants, countries of origin and countries of destination.

    “Caritas witnesses every day the suffering, exploitation, and exclusion of migrants. The migration compact strikes a fine balance between upholding their rights and the right of every country to protect its borders.”

    Caritas organizations work with and for migrants and build bridges with the receiving societies in order to support a fair integration which takes into account the needs of migrants as well as the needs of receiving societies.

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