State of the Art Review: Towards Global Governance of International Migration

15 years of intergovernmental recommendations and conclusions


authors: Wies Maas, Khalid Koser
Partner: Western Union

Publication date: july 2010


The purpose of this review is to present a comprehensive overview and analysis of the conclusions and recommendations of the six major intergovernmental initiatives on international migration in the last two decades – the International Conference on Population and Development, the Global Commission on International Migration, the UN High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, and three meetings of the Global Forum on Migration and Development. It pays particular attention to the role of civil society and non-state actors, both in providing input into these initiatives and also being included in their output.

The review is intended to serve as a mapping exercise and provide a monitoring tool for national policy makers and the international community; provide a tool for non-governmental stakeholders in international migration, such as civil society organizations, businesses, local governments and international policy makers, by identifying areas of consensus where there is potential for further cooperation with national governments, as well as gaps that need to be filled; and draw conclusions on next steps towards developing international cooperation that take into account both the human rights and human development of refugees, migrants and societies at large

Ten key migration themes that recur across the six initiatives are identified, and the conclusions and recommendations are categorized by these themes. The themes are: Root causes; Labour Migration; Human Rights and Protection; Migration and Development; Circular, Temporary and Return Migration and Reintegration; Irregular Migration; Social Cohesion and Integration; Gender; Governance and Cooperation; and: Evidence, Research and Data.

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