News Selection – Migration
Recent news chosen to illustrate and update Tread Softly briefings on Migration.
The ‘Stop Soros’ Bill: Strong Drawback for NGOs in Hungary
2/7/2018: On World Refugee Day June 20, the Hungarian Parliament passed the ‘Stop Soros’ bill which is aimed at criminalizing groups who support refugees and undocumented immigrants. Source: Inter Press Service
Tread Softly Comment: If this bill becomes law, it will diametrically oppose the principles of the UN's Global Compact on Refugees which is due for international agreement before the end of this year. This week the UN Refugee Agency has called on EU Member States to deliver policies that uphold the right to asylum. Relevant Briefing: Rights of Refugees and Migrant Workers
Tough task awaits new head of UN migration body
28/6/2018: A new director general of the International Organization for Migration has been elected. A senior development professional in London offers advice for clearing up the political mess of global migration policy. Source: IRIN
EU migrant centres could breach human rights
29/6/2019: The European agreement on cross-border migration is notable for its lack of detail. Campaigners say that the prospect of “lengthy and indefinite detention” looks more likely, in potential breach of EU and international law on human rights. Source: The Guardian
Gap between refugee resettlement needs and opportunities widens
25/6/2018: The UN Refugee Agency has warned of a widening gap between the global number of refugees in need of resettlement (1.4 million) and the places made available by governments around the world (75,000).
Forced displacement at record 68.5 million
19/6/2018: Wars, violence and persecution uprooted record numbers of men, women and children worldwide last year, according to the UN Refugee Agency’s annual report. The increase in number of refugees was the highest ever reported by the UN Agency.
Update on the world’s first global migration agreement
12/6/2018: The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration will enter its final round of negotiations in July. An insider to the negotiations expresses confidence that there will be a successful conclusion.
Migrants are dying as Europe panders to populism
EU Commission proposes major funding increase to resist migration
12/6/2018: For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission proposes to almost triple funding for migration and border management to €34.9 billion. Funds will address unforeseen migratory events and border protection.
World wakes up to climate migration
6/6/2018: Despite the difficulty in attributing extreme weather events to climate change, it is clear that displacement risk across the world is rising for that reason. No country is immune to climate change impacts.
Myanmar government will work with UN on return of Rohingya refugees