UN Chief on COVID19 and People on the Move

coffee's 19 continues to devastate lives and livelihoods around the globe he think the most vulnerable the hardest this is particularly true for millions of people on the move such as refugees and internally displaced persons who are forced to flee their homes from violence or disaster or migrants in precarious situations now they face three crises rolled into one first the health crisis as they become exposed to the virus often in crowded conditions where social distancing is an impossible luxury and where basics such as health care what sanitation and nutrition are often hard to find this impacts will be even more devastating to the large number of people on the move who live in the least developed countries when third of the world's internal displaced population live in the ten countries most at risk to covered 19-second people on the move faces socio-economic crisis especially those working in the informal economy without access to social protection in addition the loss of income from covet 19 is likely to lead to a colossal 109 billion US dollars drop in remittances that's the equivalent of nearly three-quarters of all official development assistance that is no longer being sent back home to the 800 million people who depend on it third people on the move face a protection crisis more than one other 50 countries have imposed border restrictions to contain the spread of the virus at least 99 states make no exception for people seeking asylum from persecution at the same time fear of covered 19 has led to skyrocketing xenophobia racism and stigmatization and the already precarious situation of women and girls is ever more dire as they face higher risks of exposure to gender-based violence abuse and exploitation yet even as refugees and migrants face all these challenges they are contributing rightly on the front lines in essential work about when a native owner globally for example he's practicing in a country different from where they were born the car with nineteen crisis is an opportunity to reimagine human mobility four core understandings must guide the way first exclusion is costly and inclusion base an inclusive public health and social economic response will help suppress the virus restart our economies and advance the sustainable development goals second we must uphold human dignity in the face of the pandemic and learn from the handful of countries that have shown how to implement travel restrictions and border controls while fully respecting human rights and international refugee protection principles third no one is safe until everyone is safe Diagnostics treatment and vaccines must be accessible to all fourth and finally people on the move are part of the solution let us remove and warrantied barriers explore models to regularize pathways for migrants and reduce transaction costs for immittance ease I'm grateful to countries especially developing countries that have opened their borders and hearts to refugees and migrants despite their own social economic and no health challenges they offer a moving lesson to others in a period when doors are closed it is essential that these countries are provided increased support and full solidarity we all have a vested interest to ensure that the responsibility of protecting the world's refugees is equitably shared that human mobility remains safe inclusive and respects international human rights and Refugee law no country can fight the pandemic or manage migration alone but together we can contain the spread of the virus buffer its impact on the most vulnerable and recover better for the benefit of all thank you