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Global Compact: Caritas Europa, “a step forward to addressing one of the most relevant global concerns in a humane way”

On the occasion of the International Migrants Day, Caritas Europa released a statement in which it welcomes the adoption of the Global Compact on Migration, an instrument that “proves that nationalism, populism and xenophobia will not triumph over cooperation and dialogue”. According to Caritas, it is “a step forward to addressing one of the most relevant global concerns today in a humane way”. Indeed, the Global Compact provides a “comprehensive structure” for countries to approach “migration collaboratively with respect to human rights and to tackle urgent issues such as safe and legal migration pathways, the contribution of migrants to development and the fight against human trafficking and labour exploitation”. According to Caritas Europa, “while respecting each state’s national sovereignty”, the document is a “non-binding instrument that fosters cooperation between countries of origin, transit and destination of migrants”. Since “no state can act alone”, it suggests “a good balance between the respect of migrants’ rights and the interests of receiving communities”. Caritas Europa also expressed the hope that the withdrawal of some countries “will not tarnish the ambitions of the majority who chose cooperation and dialogue over individual political interests”. The President of Caritas Europa, Mgr. Luc Van Looy, called on signing countries to “begin to implement the Global Compact”.

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