Bram Frouws, Director of the Mixed Migration Centre of the Mixed Migration Centre (MMC) of the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) explains:
"Across the world, we are seeing dangerous trends in mixed migration. These include increasingly high numbers of migrants who go missing or die along mixed migration routes, ongoing commodification of refugees and migrants, and rising violent pushbacks and expulsions at borders. Despite these challenges, refugees and migrants are continuing on their journeys and often taking great risks..."
The expansion of regular migration pathways is often offered as a simple solution to reduce irregular migration, but it is more complex than that.
“Of course, we need to scale up regular labour migration pathways and expand legal routes to protection, but we also need to question the viability of focusing on “safe and legal routes” as a solution, as it is unlikely that it will massively reduce irregular migration. People will continue to migrate in an irregular manner, not because they want to, but because they have no other choice,” says Bram Frouws.
“We are seeing different, and increasingly cynical forms of migration diplomacy and instrumentalization of migration. Just look at what has been happening between Spain and Morocco or between Poland and Belarus. What’s also been striking in the past year is the disparity between how Ukrainian refugees are welcomed, compared to refugees and migrants from Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, or Iraq, who continue to be violently pushed back at the Poland-Belarus border,” says Charlotte Slente, Secretary General of the Danish Refugee Council. “It is clear that we must do better. Extreme and restrictive acts against those on the move must not be normalised. We need more humane and long-term responses and policies for the dignity and safety of all refugees, migrants, and displaced persons.”