'Change the rules': the campaign calling for a fair migration policy

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Ona Bachrach
  • Since the beginning of the year, almost 1,200 people have lost their lives trying to reach Europe.
    Since the beginning of the year, almost 1,200 people have lost their lives trying to reach Europe. Source: Juan Carlos Mohr - CEAR.

La Comissió Espanyola d'Ajuda al Refugiat (Spanish Commission for Refugees) demands that the authorities guarantee the rights of migrants and refugees.

'The prize is not a medal, it is saving your life' is the slogan of the 'Change the rules' campaign, promoted by the Spanish Commission for Refugees (CEAR by Comissió Espanyola d'Ajuda al Refugiat, in catalan), on the occasion of the Tokyo Olympics, to remind the population of the trials with which refugees risk their lives in order to obtain European protection.

Pole vault in the fence, swimming in open water, walking in the desert or sailing in boats. These are some of the inhumane situations that the Commission is denouncing to the Spanish authorities for demanding a fairer migration policy.

In order to guarantee the rights of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers, the CEAR calls, on the one hand, for activating legal and secure ways, such as the transfer from embassies and consular representations, the granting of visas or the flexibility of family reunification.

On the other hand, they also claim the need to ensure a safe landing and a mandatory subsequent relocation between different European countries.

Finally, they demand compliance with international search and rescue law to end the criminalization of humanitarian action.

According to CEAR data, since the beginning of the year, more than a thousand people have lost their lives trying to arrive to Europe, twice as many as last year. In the face of this catastrophe, the Commission urgently demands that legal and secure measures be taken to respect and protect the international rights of refugees.

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