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Launch Event- Guidance Note on Regular Pathways for Admission and Stay for Migrants in Situations of Vulnerability

The United Nations Network on Migration Thematic Working Group 3 on Regular Pathways for Migrants in Vulnerable Situations is launching its Guidance Note on Regular Pathways for Admission and Stay for Migrants in Situations of Vulnerability.

The Guidance Note has been developed to support implementation of the GCM’s specific commitment to expand and diversify the availability and flexibility of pathways for regular migration in order to respond to the needs of migrants in situations of vulnerability (GCM Objectives 5 and 7).

It aims to aid Member States and other stakeholders in their capacity to analyse the need for and strengthen the design, implementation, monitoring, and review of pathways for admission and stay for migrants in situations of vulnerability; considers matters relating to the availability and flexibility of pathways, admission and stay procedures, and the resulting conditions and duration of relevant measures.

The development of this Guidance Note has been informed by a mapping study, desk research, and a rich array of Member States and stakeholder inputs, garnered through key informant interviews, responses to a multi-stakeholder questionnaire and a multi-stakeholder workshop.

The Launch Event will present the Guidance Note and engage participants in an active discussion which will showcase promising practices and opportunities to expand and diversify the availability of pathways for migrants in situations of vulnerability when implementing the GCM.

Participants will include representatives of Member States, International Organisations, Civil Society Organisations, and other stakeholders. Participation by government representatives working in capitals at the technical level on pathways-related issues is encouraged.

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1500 – 1510: Welcome and introduction to the Guidance Note - Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) (Co-lead, Thematic Working Group 3)

1510 – 1610: Promising practice and opportunities to expand and diversify pathways for migrants in situations of vulnerability - discussion moderated by Carolina Gottardo, Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) (Co-lead, Thematic Working Group 3)

  • Disasters and climate change (10 minutes)
    • Lena Brenn, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
    • Atle Solberg, Platform on Disaster Displacement (Member, Thematic Working Group 3)


  • Regularization (10 minutes)
    • Lucas Gomez, Presidential Advisor for the Borders, Colombia
    • Camila Barretto Maia, Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS) (Member, Thematic Working Group 3)


  • Human rights and humanitarian-based pathways (10 minutes)
    • Spain
    • Laetitia Van der Vennet, Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) (Member, Thematic Working Group 3)


  • Family life and unity (10 minutes)
    • Ambassador Federico Villegas, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations Office at Geneva
    • Ian M. Kysel, Director, International Migrants Bill of Rights (IMBR) Initiative, (Member, Thematic Working Group 3)


  • COVID-19 related pathways (10 minutes)
    • Portugal (tbc)
    • Ciara CAZUC, International Organization for Migration (IOM), (Member, Thematic Working Group 3)

1610 – 1640: Interventions from the floor

1640 – 1645: Closing remarks – Christian Wolff, ACT Alliance (Co-lead, Thematic Working Group 3)

Concept Note, Agenda, and Guidance Note

Recording of the Event

Date: , -
Type of Event
Event Category
Main organizer/s
ACT Alliance
Asia-Pacific Refugee Rights Network
Target Audience
Geographic Scope
Workstream Output
Enhancing regular pathways for migrants in vulnerable situations 
Regional Review Process
GCM Objectives
5 - Regular pathways

*References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of United Nations Security Council resolution 1244 (1999).