Migration: the Order of Malta at the Marrakesh summit to adopt the Global Compact
Grand Chancellor: “An important milestone for the international community”.
“Migration is a global phenomenon requiring a joint and multilateral approach”. This is how Albrecht Boeselager, Grand Chancellor of the Order of Malta, described the issue when in Marrakesh, Morocco, where the summit took place for adoption of the Global Compact, a programme initiated by the UN which established guidelines for developing global policies and strategies to manage migration movements. There are 23 objectives in total, the result of two years’ work to produce a joint document, to which the Order of Malta, particularly through its diplomatic mission to the United Nations in New York, has contributed from the outset.
The promotion of legal access routes, the defence of international human rights and humanitarian laws, the eradication of human trafficking, the creation of policies for fostering the integration of migrants also in the labour market and in education for minors, the development of policies for family reunification, involving not only state institutes but also civil society and the voluntary sector: these are just some of the Order of Malta’s proposals for the “Global Compact for safe, regular and orderly migration”.
“With the unprecedented figure of over 40 million people enslaved in the world, we cannot ignore the fact that failure to manage migration strengthens the criminal networks that exploit migrants and refugees. We’re not just talking about trafficking in persons but also in human organs, weapons and drugs,” said Albrecht Boeselager, referring to the efforts of the two Order of Malta ambassadors responsible for keeping the focus on human trafficking.
“The militarization of borders leads to a militarization of traffickers and a strengthening of criminal infrastructures,” the Grand Chancellor emphasised, pointing out that it is entirely in the interests of the main recipient countries to sign an agreement that guarantees “an orderly management of flows through sharing information for the identification and repatriation of irregular migrants”.
The Order of Malta is present in the main countries of origin, transit and arrival of migrants and refugees. It develops healthcare and social projects for refugees in Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq. Since 2008 it has been present on the Italian vessels operating in the Mediterranean, providing first aid to migrants attempting the crossing in rubber dinghies and makeshift boats. In sub-Saharan Africa, the Order also runs numerous healthcare projects. In Germany, it manages some 150 centres for migrants and refugees, providing legal, social and psychological assistance as well as courses for fostering integration.