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Sur. Revista Internacional de Direitos Humanos
Print version ISSN 1806-6445
DERDERIAN, Katharine and SCHOCKAERT, Liesbeth. Responding to "mixed" migration flows: a humanitarian perspective. Sur, Rev. int. direitos human. [online]. 2009, vol.6, n.10, pp. 116-119. ISSN 1806-6445. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1806-64452009000100006.
Médecins Sans Frontières' (MSF) worldwide work with refugees reveals a transition toward ever more mixed forms of migration of both political and economic backgrounds. This evolving nature of migration and displacement, in particular refugee flows, and the government response to it, represents a new dilemma to humanitarian assistance. In this article, MSF documents the concrete impact of these changes and our operational approach in response. We argue that these developments represent a fundamental challenge to humanitarian aid actors in terms of accessing and assisting people fleeing violence to seek refuge, assistance and protection in other countries. In contexts of violence and displacement, MSF has long advocated for a preservation of humanitarian space states' and other actors' recognition and respect for humanitarians' independent action to assess needs and assist the most vulnerable. The ever more restrictive legal and practical barriers facing refugees and migrants confront us to find ways both to reach them where they are, but also to find language and means to advocate toward states for greater responsibility to assist and protect refugees and to ensure humanitarian actors have space to access and assist them where gaps remain.
Keywords : Migrants; Refugees; Displacement; Health care; Médecins Sans Frontières.