The extreme vulnerability of mobile people, especially undocumented mobile people, continues to make headlines internationally. Two months ago we witnessed the discovery of 53 corpses of migrants found in a truck on the border of Mexico and the USA. More recently, a number of migrants died of dehydration while crossing the border between Chad and Libya. We also saw statistics for the more than 3 000 migrants who died in the Mediterranean in 2021. These incidents all point to the vulnerability of mobile people and to the urgent need to establish safe passages and to enhance protection for those making these journeys.