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Special Issue: The Global Compact For Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the Global Compact On Refugees

In December 2018, the UN General Assembly adopted two Global Compacts: The Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). These two compacts, while non-binding and aspirational in nature, offer the first widely-accepted new normative frameworks on the movement of people since the ratification of the 1951 refugee convention and its 1967 protocol. This special issue of International Migration aims to analyse the way in which these two compacts were negotiated, examine their potential impact in a number of areas, and compare the way they deal with common themes such as gender, civil society and security.

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Date of Publication
Type of Resource
Journal Article
Target Audience
Civil Society
Intergovernmental Organization
Source / Publisher
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Geographic Scope
Workstream Output
Regional Review Process
GCM Objectives
Cross Cutting Theme
International cooperation
National sovereignty
Rule of law and due process
Human rights
Whole-of-government approach
Whole-of-society approach

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