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Cross-cutting theme in the Global Compact for Migration

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) is based on a set of cross-cutting and interdependent guiding principles. This page provides resources for the guiding principle of People-centred:

“People-centred: The Global Compact carries a strong human dimension to it, inherent to the migration experience itself. It promotes the well-being of migrants and the members of communities in countries of origin, transit and destination. As a result, the Global Compact places individuals at its core." (GCM, 2018: para. 15)

Throughout human history, migration has been a courageous expression of an individual’s will to overcome adversity and to live a better life. People may have the desire and the capacity to move to other places to seek greater opportunities, freedom, safety and security. Increased global interconnection, affordable transportation and rapid advances in digital communication tools facilitate movements that have overall remained stable in relative terms. Global mobility entails both opportunities and challenges for individuals and families, whose well-being needs to be at the center of this context. Migrants are human beings with equal rights to life, dignity, liberty and security. They should be not simply perceived as agents for economic development, burden to the society or helpless victims or even as criminals, but instead, as human beings with human rights.  

The Global Compact for Migration (GCM) report is available in AR, ZH, EN, FR, RU, ES.


Contents using this term
Ocean Viking - Cooperation between SOS MEDITERRANEE and IFRC for Search and Rescue and Post-Rescue Assistance and ReliefPractice Repository
Kenya’s GCM implementation planPledge
Facilitar la Doble Nacionalidad, Prevenir la Apatridia y Promover la Inclusión de Niñ@s y sus Familias Nacidas en el Extranjero: el caso del Estado de TlaxcalaPledge
Expanding Welcoming Week Across the Globe and Fostering Belonging for All - No Matter Where We Come FromPledge
Eurocities’ Integrating Cities Process: A Framework for Building Capacity on Migration and IntegrationPledge
PA’LANTE: Ruta para Abordaje Integral de Migrantes y Refugiados en Barranquilla, para su Integración SocioeconómicaPledge
Cooperation between Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies and their Governments to provide humanitarian assistance and protectionPractice Repository
Empowering Migrants and Refugees by Offering Inclusive Portuguese Language Courses and Promoting Intercultural Sialogue in São Leopoldo Pledge
The Language Services Collaborative Initiative of Salt Lake County: A Pathway to Ensure Equitable Access to Services for All ResidentsPledge
Welcoming Salt Lake: Government and Community Leadership Biannual Convening in Welcoming WeekPledge
Montréal Inclusive au Travail 2022-2024 (Montréal Inclusive at Work) Initiative: Promoting Migrant and Refugee Integration Through a City-Led PodcastPledge
Memorias MigrantesPractice Repository
Collection of information on international migrants in the Brazilian Demographic CensusPractice Repository
Recommendations on Regional Coordination and Information Exchange Mechanisms in the Search for Missing Persons in the Context of MigrationPractice Repository
Identification of the deceased migrants from Mauritania, related to a shipwrecked vessel found in the coast of Trinidad and TobagoPractice Repository
Humanitarian Service Points (HSP) for Migrants in Transit Practice Repository
Enhancing Community Resilience and Local Governance Project in South Sudan (ECRP Phase I and Phase II)Practice Repository
Transhumance Tracking Tool (TTT)Practice Repository
Breaking the Climate Conflict Cycle in Galmudug, SomaliaPractice Repository
Climate Migration in Urban Areas: Challenges, Representations and InclusionPractice Repository

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