United Nations Network on Migration: Forced returns of migrants must be suspended in times of COVID-19.
It’s all about the UN Migration Compact and “the commitments made by States in the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration…granting temporary residence to migrants and imposing a moratorium on deportations and other forced returns.”
No surprise here, but who are they trying to fool…the UN is against forced returns (most illegals just don’t leave voluntarily) with or without the coronavirus.
On the other hand, the UN has no problem implementing operations to relocate illegals from Greece to other parts of Europe “in times of COVID-19”.
One can easily conclude that the countries of origin are not on the UN menu. 👇
– The United Nations Network on Migration recalls the commitments made by States in the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration to uphold the human rights of all migrants, regardless of migratory status, and to improve migration governance, including by cooperating to save lives and to keep migrants out of harm’s way. Using this framework for collective action to guide immigration practices during the pandemic, the Network urges States to advance Objective 21 of the Global Compact for Migration by guaranteeing due process and upholding the prohibition of collective expulsion and of returning migrants when there are foreseeable risks to their human rights.
The Network reiterates the Secretary-General’s recent call to alleviate situations of vulnerability for individuals living outside their country of origin in the context of COVID-19, including by granting temporary residence to migrants and imposing a moratorium on deportations and other forced returns.
Many governments have set positive examples to ensure that migrants are included as part of their comprehensive response to COVID-19. These include temporarily suspending forced returns and providing visa and work permit extensions, temporary residence or other forms of regular status; as well as releasing people from immigration detention and finding safe, non-custodial alternative accommodations for them in the community rather than seeking their deportation.
The United Nations Network on Migration stands ready to support States in replicating, adapting and expanding these good practices – in line with the commitments set out in the Global Compact for Migration – that will contribute toward the realization of the rights of all migrants, regardless of status, while protecting everyone’s health.