“Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture 2017 | The displacement paradox: good refugees, bad migrants. Where can the unwanted go? Dr Jemilah Mahmood.
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The combined impact of crises, poverty, inequality and violence around the world has led to unprecedented numbers of people fleeing their homes in search of safety, better living conditions and employment opportunities. At the same time, significant gaps exist in humanitarian protection vis-à-vis the increasing numbers of migrants who do not fit into conventional categories of international protection. This phenomenon is further exacerbated by increasing negative attitudes towards migrants.
All people who leave their homes—for whatever reason—deserve our respect and our support: this is the essence of the Fundamental Principles of Humanity and is why the approach of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is one of helping migrants in need irrespective of their status.
As the internal community is attempting to work better together on this challenging issue – including through the negotiation of a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and a Global Compact on Refugees – we as a global community need to ask some important questions:
- How can we do more to support the safety, well-being and dignity of refugees and vulnerable migrants?
- How can we build on experiences and good practices – of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and other humanitarian and development actors?
- How can we address negative perceptions about migrants?
- Who can be our potential partners? Migrants and refugees and host communities? The private sector? Youth? Entrepreneurs? New humanitarian donors?
- How can we bring about these changes in a way that has a real impact on the lives of the most vulnerable?”