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Not since records began have so many people migrated within their own country or across borders as now. In 2018, 70 million people were fleeing from conflicts and persecution alone. Whether people flee from violence or want to escape poverty – they are all searching for security and better living conditions. Or, in the words of the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights of migrants (2015): ‘They all see migration as the only way out of dire straits’.
On their journey, but also at their destination, migrants are exposed to particular dangers: They risk death by drowning at sea, detention in appalling conditions, physical abuse, exploitation as cheap labour, becoming impoverished or considered stateless if they cannot prove their nationality. The protection of human rights for migrants has yet made little progress.
Caritas is committed to working for the rights of all migrants, irrespective of their status, and for safe and regular migration for all:
The actions of Caritas are based on the belief that self-determined migration that respects human dignity contributes significantly to social and economic development and is a source of human and cultural enrichment.