All over the world, people are on the move. Over 70.8 million people are currently forcibly displaced from their homes. In 2018 alone, there were 28 million new internal displacements across 148 countries and territories. Eighty percent of the world’s displaced remain in neighboring countries in the global south. They have no prospective of either going home or resettling in a third country.
The causes of forced migration are complex and interwoven. Conflict, often combined with other factors such as mega-development projects, weakened governance, and the impacts of a changing climate, can contribute to forcing people to flee.
MCC partners and local communities across the globe engage in peacebuilding to address some of the complex reasons why people are forced to leave their home. They also work to ensure that people can live well when they arrive in a new place. Peacebuilding can prevent, reduce or stop violence, improve relationships between people and those with authority and power. Additionally, local initiatives are essential to create lasting peace and provide an alternative to forced migration.
Canadians can help to address the root causes of forced displacement. Our government has an important role to play in addressing the reasons people are forced to leave home in the first place. Conflict, climate crisis and economic factors are all part of the push factors that cause people to flee. This means we have an opportunity to encourage our government to implement policies that protect all from forced displacement. One way of doing that is through an investment in grassroots peacebuilding globally.
Did you know that Canada only gives 0.28% of its Gross National Income (GNI) toward Official Development Assistance (ODA)? This is only a third of the globally agreed upon 0.7% benchmark. We believe that increasing this amount and investing resources in local communities working for peace can make a difference in the lives of many, including people on the move.
MCC partners continually ask us to advocate here in Canada so that migration can be a choice, not a last resort. No one should be forced to flee their home.