Brussels – 10 December 2018

Interviews available upon request

The adoption of the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) is a significant step forward in the fight to protect the rights of children on the move or affected by migration in other ways, said Terre des Hommes today.

One in eight migrants is a child and 31 million children live outside their country of origin. While migration can bring safety and lead to better access to services for many children, for others it means new risks and vulnerabilities.

Delphine Moralis, Secretary General of Terre des Hommes, said:
“The adoption of the GCM is a historic moment for protecting the rights of migrant children across the world. For the first time, countries are standing up and taking responsibility to jointly improve the protection, care and support for the many vulnerable children on the move today.”

“Governments hoping to create a safer and more predictable migration system, communities under pressure to provide protection and care for those on the move and migrant women, men and children whose lives could be saved by the Compact will all feel its positive effects. It is a crucial tool for ensuring their rights are protected.”

The GCM outlines a series of practical measures for improved cooperation on key issues affecting children. These measures include addressing the issues which force people to migrate, improving the identification of children and ensuring they are referred to adequate social services, and enabling countries to work more closely together to protect children across borders.

Ensuring that returns are carried out only after a determination of the child’s best interests, developing alternatives to child immigration detention which respect children’s rights, keeping families together and combating discrimination and xenophobia are also addressed by the Compact.

Contact
Terre des Hommes Secretary General Delphine Moralis is present and available for interview at the adoption of the GCM in Marrakesh, Morocco.

To arrange an interview or for any other enquiries, please contact Paul Creeney, Communications Officer, on +32 (0) 465 946 509 or by email at paul.creeney@terredeshommes.org.

Notes to Editors
• The Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was signed by 164 countries in Marrakesh, Morocco. It is the first deal agreed internationally aimed at protecting migrant women, men and children across the globe.

• Terre des Hommes is co-chair of the Initiative for Child Rights in the Global Compacts, which works to ensure the GCM provides as much protection as possible for children and their rights. Destination Unknown, a network of organisations working to protect and defend the rights of children on the move, is also a member of this initiative. The Initiative brings together 30 aid and philanthropic organisations and UN agencies to place child rights front-and-centre of the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees.

Picture: Children living in a refugee camp in Jordan. ©Tdh / Blaise Kormann