The tragic and preventable drownings in the French Channel on Wednesday November 24, and the similarly avoidable humanitarian crisis at the EU’s border with Belarus are being used politically to promote and advance an increasingly securitized approach to border management. But criminalising mobility, securitizing borders, and preventing access to territory will not result in safer mobility.
As European civil society and professional organisations working on asylum, migration, humanitarian assistance and human rights, we are shocked by the continuing humanitarian crisis at the borders between the EU and Belarus which causes immense suffering and has led to the deaths of at least ten people.
A new wave of violence in Ituri province in Eastern DR Congo has forced aid organisations to reduce or suspend their activities, leaving thousands of families without life-saving humanitarian support, including food assistance, education and health services.
The acute, complex and deteriorating humanitarian crisis in DR Congo requires immediate attention that goes beyond humanitarian response and encompasses political and financial solutions, says DRC’s Secretary-General.
Three years since the launch of the Global Compact on Refugees, the international community has yet to deliver on its promise to better share responsibility for refugees, according to a new report by the Danish Refugee Council, the International Rescue Committee, and the Norwegian Refugee Council. World leaders must urgently accelerate efforts to find lasting solutions for refugees and their host communities.