While national concerns about an influx of migrants and refugees may be legitimate, no country should lose sight of the fact that the influx is made up of real people whose lives are in danger, a Vatican official told a UN meeting.
“In seeking to respond effectively to the challenges posed by unprecedented movements of refugees, while respecting the legitimate concerns of societies and countries, let us never lose sight of the real men, women and children involved in this human drama,” Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, Vatican observer to UN agencies in Geneva, told the executive committee of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
Although positive international agreements about protecting the rights of refugees and migrants have been made, the international community “must also be realistic about implementation,” the archbishop told the committee on 4th October.
“Repeated promises and pledges have been made, but effective and durable implementation has been sorely lacking and the rights of refugees, as laid out in various international instruments, continue to be violated,” he said.
The violations, he added, “risk provoking cynicism and the slide toward a true ‘globalisation of indifference.'”
Picture: A migrant child is covered with a blanket as he and other refugees and migrants wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border on 28th January near the village of Idomeni, Greece. (CNS photo/Alexandros Avramidis, Reuters).