The Rights of migrants and refugees

Movement and displacement is deeply rooted in the history of humankind, from the time when we left our cradle in the plains of Africa. Nevertheless, in the last decades, wars, violence and persecution have been causing record numbers of displaced people worldwide. This has created a need to increase the dialogue among all actors of the international community seeking to find new global approaches to deal with refugees and migrants.

Since Argentina was born as an independent country, more than two hundred years ago, it has received from different corners of the world continuous waves of migrants and refugees. They have helped to build and reshape our society and have enriched our culture and values. This grew into a solid tradition of being an open land, welcoming and integrating refugees and migrants from all continents, religions and backgrounds. Currently, Argentina continuous to receive flows of migrants and refugees from Latin America and other regions, including Syria.

Therefore, Argentina took a strong commitment to uphold the principle of responsibility sharing when it comes to provide a home to those who fled their countries of origin, giving them the needed peace to restart their lives. It has put in place specific mechanisms to provide assistance and support to refugees leaving their countries due to war, violence or conflicts.

One of Argentina’s Good Human Rights Story focuses on the life of Hanen, a Syrian refugee that reached Argentina with her family fleeing the war on her country. She received a “humanitarian visa” under a Program implemented by the Government of Argentina aimed at helping people affected by the conflict in Syria. Hanen moved to Argentina to rebuild her life, what she was seeking was an opportunity to live in peace.

Hanen says that she “no longer had to listen to bombs every day and she is not terrified of going out into the street”. She has been in Argentina for two years now, dealing with different challenges related to work and language, which are important components of the integration into a new society. In the video you will have the chance to listen to her testimony and life experience.

The refugee and migration policy of Argentina is in line with its full commitment in the promotion and protection of all human rights. For that same reason, it has ratified all relevant regional and international treaties related to refugees and migrants. Freedom, solidarity and democracy, among others, are values reinforced and protected by the Argentine Government. Diversity and multiculturalism are salient characteristics of our society as well as a source of pride for all our people.  Presenting the voice of Hanen at t could help to recall the importance of making the commitment of leaving no one behind a true reality and open hearts and countries to those fleeing their homes because of war and violence.

The story of Hanen



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