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New York Declaration: Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants


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The New York Declaration Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants starts well:

Since earliest times, humanity has been on the move. Some people move in search of new economic opportunities and horizons. Others move to escape armed conflict, poverty, food insecurity, persecution, terrorism, or human rights violations and abuses. Still others do so in response to the adverse effects of climate change, natural disasters (some of which may be linked to climate change), or other environmental factors. Many move, indeed, for a combination of these reasons.

It tails off a bit after that but it is very important reading if you want to keep up to date on the way things are going.

It is also interesting to see Theresa May sign up to a document reaffirming the Refugee Convention “as the foundation of the international refugee protection regime”, committing to considering expanding the refugee resettlement programme and to consider facilitating opportunities for family reunion.

I have my doubts, personally, but the Government should certainly be held to account for any backsliding on such commitments.

Source: New York Declaration | Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants

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Colin Yeo

Immigration and asylum barrister, blogger, writer and consultant at Garden Court Chambers in London and founder of the Free Movement immigration law website.