Jun 19, 2018

This dossier offers an overview of international migration trends and the connections between forced displacement, migration and development. Its focus is on international cooperation and on the migrant and refugee policies of individual states.

Jun 19, 2018
Domesticating the Giant: The Global Governance of Migration

Domesticating the Giant: The Global Governance of Migration

A global policy framework and consolidated institutional architecture can help states facilitate regular migration, cope with illegal crossings, and humanely respond to forced migration.

The author thanks Asmita Parshotam (South African Institute of International Affairs), David Kipp (German Institute for International and Security Affairs), Asli Selin Okyay (Institute of International Affairs), Stewart Patrick (Council on Foreign Relations), and Christophe Bertossi and Matthieu Tardis (French Institute of International Relations) for their comments.

Domesticating the Giant: The Global Governance of Migration
Feb 23, 2018
Migrants try to stay afloat after falling off their rubber dinghy during a rescue operation in the central Mediterranean some fifteen nautical miles off the Libyan coast on April 14, 2017 (DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/REUTERS).

The Tortured Path of Global Migration Reforms

In 2017, more than one hundred countries began discussions on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees. Both seek to arrive at agreed-upon principles and commitments among UN states on issues facing migrants and refugees with the goal of creating a framework for international cooperation.

Migrants try to stay afloat after falling off their rubber dinghy during a rescue operation in the central Mediterranean some fifteen nautical miles off the Libyan coast on April 14, 2017 (DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/REUTERS).

In 2017, more than one hundred countries began discussions on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees. Both seek to arrive at agreed-upon principles and commitments among UN states on issues facing migrants and refugees with the goal of creating a framework for international cooperation.

Oct 18, 2019
The report explains how closer cooperation on asylum and migration policies among EU member states and with countries of origin and transit can improve outcomes for all stakeholders. It provides insights on moving EU asylum and migration policy forward.
Jan 24, 2020
Despite its recent threats, Ankara is signaling interest in cooperating on migration governance. This recommends that in the likely continuation of the Statement, the EU should link the implementation of the Statement to issues of rule of law.
Jan 19, 2017

Migration transit through Turkey has become an increasingly pressing issue in Europe, and Turkey as assumed the role of guardian of the Schengen area. As a result of many paradoxes, migration can strengthen and hamper Turkey-EU relations.

Apr 29, 2016
Lifejackets are pictured in front of the European Commission headquarters during a protest by Amnesty International to demand the European Council protect the human rights of the refugees within the EU-Turkey migration deal. (Francois Lenoir/Reuters)

Slouching Toward Ankara: The EU-Turkey Migration Deal

Over the past year, European Union leaders have spent countless hours devising plans to address the unprecedented migrant and refugee crisis that has seen more than one million people cross into Europe. However, their halting, scattered response has undermined effective policy implementation and squandered goodwill and resources. The bloc's obligatory relocation scheme, adopted in September 2015, now lies in tatters: only 1,100 of the planned 160,000 refugees have been relocated from Italy and Greece as of April 2016. 

Lifejackets are pictured in front of the European Commission headquarters during a protest by Amnesty International to demand the European Council protect the human rights of the refugees within the EU-Turkey migration deal. (Francois Lenoir/Reuters)

Over the past year, European Union leaders have spent countless hours devising plans to address the unprecedented migrant and refugee crisis that has seen more than one million people cross into Europe. However, their halting, scattered response has undermined effective policy implementation and squandered goodwill and resources. The bloc's obligatory relocation scheme, adopted in September 2015, now lies in tatters: only 1,100 of the planned 160,000 refugees have been relocated from Italy and Greece as of April 2016. 

Jul 20, 2020
The Sustainable Development Goals hardly consider the needs of migrants and refugees, thus potentially exasperating existing challenges. More comprehensive data is needed to fully account for these groups when implementing sustainable development agendas.