Global Compact for Migration a response to promoters of fear and division, says Avramopoulos
The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) adopted today in Marrakech is a response to those attempting to divide, spread fear and create fortresses, European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said, in a statement on Monday.
The GCM, adopted during a two-day Intergovernmental Conference that began on Monday under the auspices of the United Nations, is of great importance, Avramopoulos said, as it “ demonstrates our decision to cooperate in order to find the best possible solutions that may ensure a decent, safe and human mechanism for managing human mobility on a global level.”
In a period during which nationalism and xenophobia are on the rise everywhere in the world, this sends a powerful message to citizens of destination countries and also to migrant populations, he said.
Regarding the resistance the GCM found in certain countries, he said that many people have misconstrued the content of the Compact, whose purpose is precisely to reduce irregular migration and create legal channels while protecting the rights of the migrants.
Avramopoulos went on to remark that the EU is already implementing many of the initiatives included in the GCM, whose “ point it is to build strong partnerships between countries of origin, transit and destination, as no single country can face the challenges emerging from migration alone.”