The less-told migration story and its humanitarian consequences

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A new report from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Canada by Sonal Marwah, Program Officer at Project Ploughshares, MSF Canada’s Executive Director Stephen Cornish and MSF Canada Humanitarian Affairs Advisor Carol Devine looks at the human impact of our current global approach to migrants and refugees.

From the abstract of ‘The Less-Told Migration Story and its Humanitarian Consequences’:

“Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)’s work with refugees and displaced people has shown that humane and dignified treatment, as well as access to medical care, contributes to the wellbeing of migrants and their wider communities. Too often, however, we instead witness the negative health and psychological impact that border-control measures can have on this highly vulnerable group.

People fleeing war and hardship often experience deleterious health conditions throughout irregular migratory journeys. Many leave their home countries in order to escape immediate harm, only to find themselves stuck inside conflict zones, trapped precariously in transit, sent to detention centres or housed indefinitely in underserved refugee camps.

In this paper, MSF shines a light on the difficult experiences of people in flight who are prevented from reaching their desired destination country because of hardened policies including physical barriers, detention and interdiction measures. It surveys problematic or incoherent policies and practices in Europe, Canada and other countries — and also considers some positive examples of refugee reception. We call for a coherent and humane response to the current global displacement crisis.”

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