Everyday, people around the world are left with no choice but to flee their homes. War, indiscriminate violence, persecution, as well as extreme poverty, famine, and climate disaster force people from their homes. Yet the journey towards safety is often life threatening in itself. Upon arrival, migrants and refugees are increasingly viewed as threats to be stopped. Once they are settling in and start building a new life, many face daily racism, xenophobia, exploitation and discrimination in the countries where they had sought out safety, freedom and protection.
It is crucial to change mindsets— to move beyond the fearmongering permeating today’s political discourse—and to highlight the ways in which migration is not a danger, but a phenomenon that can reduce inequalities and connect diverse societies. We must replace our scarcity mindset with one of abundance in order to radically change our paradigm in dealing with migration and asylum.
Ensuring protection and promoting safeguards for migrants and refugees by identifying and responding to human rights challenges, ensuring access to law and justice for all, fostering democratic participation and enhancing inclusion of refuges and migrants (human rights and democracy), are key policy words in addressing the situation.