RI Joins Civil Society Organizations in Applauding Final Negotiations on GCM

Co-facilitators, we are grateful for you and your staff’s guidance and work over the past two years in producing the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration.  We appreciate your efforts to promote the voice and space for participation of civil society and migrant networks in a formal and diligent process.

We also acknowledge all participating Member States who have worked to create this agreement, particularly in a xenophobic political environment often hostile to understanding the realities of migrants and refugees.  We express our strong hope that when properly implemented and with concerted efforts to address remaining gaps, the Compact provides Member States with a sound framework for governing migration in a manner which respects human rights and the rule of law.

We would like to highlight some of the significant achievements of the Compact:

  • Working to end child detention;

  • Expanding regular avenues for migration and measures for regularization as a way to increase safe, orderly, and regular migration and reduce vulnerabilities;

  • Emphasizing community-based alternatives to detention, and not promoting detention as a deterrent to irregular migration;

  • Protecting migrants in situations of vulnerability, including those fleeing slow and sudden onset natural disasters, the adverse effects of climate change, and environmental degradation;

  • Safeguarding the rights of children by adhering to the principle of the best interest of the child at all times and ensuring their protection and access to sustainable solutions;

  • Ensuring decent work and labour rights

  • Promoting concrete gender responsive policies and the empowerment of women as agents rather than from the lens of victims;

  • Guaranteeing due process, individual assessment and effective remedy in return procedures, by upholding the prohibition on collective expulsion and the principle of non-refoulement;

  • Strengthening the collection of data on migration in order to better inform humane policy responses, in a manner which respects the right to privacy;

  • Investing in sustainable development at national and local levels in order to honour the right of migrants to live and support their families in their countries of origin;

  • Cooperating to provide international protection to migrants in situations of vulnerability at borders;

Unfortunately, the Compact falls short in several important areas and in some aspects steps away from current international standards and regional practice. For example: we regret that no stronger language could be achieved on the non-criminalisation of migrants and of those who provide support to them, on firewalls, access to basic services and on full labour rights and freedom of association for irregular migrant workers.

Nonetheless, we will interpret such formulations in a way that fully adheres to international law. Indeed, we aim to strengthen them in their implementation and seek to hold governments and stakeholders accountable in the follow-up and review process. This is the beginning, not the end.

In this regard, we look forward to participating in the concrete next steps. We will continue to work on behalf of migrants and their communities around the world, with the goal of ensuring their human rights and upholding human dignity. 


ACT Alliance

Migrant Forum in Asia

Africa-Europe Diaspora Development Platform (ADEPT)

Migration Working Group, Malaysia

African Foundation for Development (AFFORD)

Mixed Migration Centre

Alianza Americas

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN)

New Humanity

Caritas Internationalis

NGO Committee on Migration

Casa Generalizia della Societa del Sacro Cuore (Society of the Sacred Heart)

Our Journey, Malaysia

Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS)

OXFAM International

Comisión Argentina para los Refugiados y Migrantes (CAREF)

Pacific Islands Association of Non-governmental Organizations (PIANGO)

Company of the Daughters of Charity of St.Vincent de Paul

Pan African Network in the Defense of Migrants’ Rights (PANiDMR)

Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd

Partnership for Global Justice

Cross Regional Center for Refugees and Migrants

PICUM – Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants

Dianova International

Refugees International

Global Coalition on Migration

Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary

Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Council

Save the Children

Institute of Studies and Outreach about Migration

Scalabrini International Migration Network

Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary-Loreto Generalate

Servicio Jesuita de Chile

Instituto para las Mujeres en la Migracion, Mexico

Sisters of Charity Federation

International Association of Applied Psychology

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur 

International Catholic Migration Commission

Society of Catholic Medical Missionaries

International Council of Psychologists

Terre des Hommes International Federation

International Council of Voluntary Agencies

The Women in Migration Network (WIMN)

International Detention Coalition

The World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP)

International Presentation Association

Trade d’Union Mediterranean subsaharan Migration Network (RSMMS)

Jesuit Refugee Service Australia

United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth

Loretto Community – Sisters of Loretto

VIVAT International

Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

World Council for Psychotherapy

Mercy International Association