ICMC’s statement: Interaction between the two Compacts is a protection solution

 Iraq-Turkey borderMigrants and refugees arrive together at beaches and borders everywhere. Photo: At the Iraq-Turkey border. © EU/ECHO/Caroline Gluck Geneva, 9 January 2018 - The International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) called for interaction and not mere complementarity between the two Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees currently in the making.

In a statement delivered by Mantalin Kyrou, Policy Officer, at the annual UNHCR High Commissioner’s Dialogue in December, ICMC affirmed that “complementarity” is “too timid” an approach in front of the needs and reality of mixed flows of refugees and migrants.

Issues such as human trafficking, decent work, child protection, healthcare, access to education, and the elimination of xenophobia pertain to both refugees and migrants; this means that concrete interaction between the two Compacts is a critical protection solution.

Because both migrants and refugees arrive together at beaches and borders everywhere, “the full mix of mandate- and competence-based responses is urgently needed for mixed migration. Such action must be concrete, based in reality and uncompromisingly focused on the dignity of human persons,” ICMC stated.

The ICMC statement highlighted the “Lampedusa model” of protecting and assisting both refugees and migrants arriving on the shores of southern Italy as an example of successful interaction between UNHCR, IOM, Save the Children, the Italian Navy and governments.

“At the nexus between the two Compacts… we need more such interaction. And to be fit for purpose, up to the challenge, the two Compacts must jointly reflect and catalyze this interaction.”