TEDxWakeForestU, North Carolina, video: Ignacio Packer, the Secretary General of Terre des Hommes, speaks about patterns of migration across Europe and how they relate to human security, especially children. “Which of you is not a migrant?” asked Packer, explaining that migrant rights are human rights. He describes how young migrants could feel trapped in reception centers, showing how services are badly adapted to their specific needs. Packer confirms that — too often — the only way for them to succeed is to leave and to become invisible.

« We have choices to make as a society, we are at a tipping point, we can build bridges or we can build fences, prisons, barbwires, walls… The understanding of our common humanity can guide us in making the right choices… At the moment, there is a huge concern: are we making the right choices? Are we tipping in the right direction? »

Globally, 60 million people were displaced in 2015, and 1 in 2 was a child. Migration is not a security problem, explained Packer. Instead, the problem is the exclusion of people from accessible legal migration. Through the Destination Unknown Campaign, Terre des Hommes and its partners work to renew public understanding about migration and advocate for a safe and dignified international migration system.

VIDEO: Migration in Europe and Human Security: A Challenge to Solidarity | Ignacio Packer | TEDxWakeForestU