Geneva: Morocco Highlights its Humanized Border Management

Addressing a panel discussion moderated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, and the Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Amy Pope, Morocco’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative in Geneva, Omar Zniber, stressed that border management is not and cannot only be a security or political issue. 

It entails the imperative of promoting and protecting the human rights of people on the move, particularly the most vulnerable, including migrants and refugees, the diplomat said during the event held on the sidelines of the 2nd Global Refugee Forum (Geneva, December 13-15).

As part of the panel discussion, Morocco, which hosted the Marrakech Global Compact on Migration, outlined its “Humanized Border Management” procedures as a human, pragmatic, and tangible approach to dealing with mixed movements. This innovative concept places respect for the rights of migrants and refugees and the principle of non-refoulement at the heart of migration governance.

The panel offered an opportunity to look back at the commitments made by UN member states to refugees and migrants, in the wake of the adoption of the 2016 New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants, which gave impetus to the Global Compact on Refugees and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration. 

While recognizing that refugees and migrants are two distinct categories regulated by different frameworks, implementing both Pacts remains essential to meet the modern challenges of human mobility, particularly in the context of mixed movements, Zniber stressed.

The Global Refugee Forum 2023 kicked off on Wednesday with the participation of a Moroccan delegation representing several relevant sectors, to mobilize the international community to raise funds to address the growing problems of refugees worldwide.

The Moroccan delegation is holding several activities during the Forum, notably a panel on the inclusion of refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers in national healthcare systems, which took place on Wednesday.

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