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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
A policy-oriented commitment on Objective 18 by City of Taguig, the PhilippinesPledge01 Jun 2023
Programa especial de visado humanitario para personas nacionales y residentes en México, Centroamérica y el Caribe desplazadas por desastres socio-naturalesPledge24 May 2023
Cooperación internacional desde el codesarrollo Pledge16 May 2023
Leave no one behind: addressing the needs of migrants towards Universal Health CoverageEvents12 May 2023
Establishment of a cross-city Taskforce on Migrant InclusionPledge05 May 2023
Implement and monitor the Municipal Plan of Policies for the Immigrant Population 2021-2024Pledge05 May 2023
City Initiative on Migrants with Irregular Status in EuropePledge05 May 2023
Policies and Practice: A Guide to Gender-Responsive Implementation of the GCMResource20 Apr 2023
GCM Talks: Migrants and Discrimination: Lessons for the FutureEvents19 Apr 2023
EDUCATIONPledge01 Apr 2023
De-centring the governance and knowledge production on migrationEvents24 Mar 2023
Missing Migrants: preventing & addressing loss of life and the risk of going missing in migration routesEvents14 Mar 2023
International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) Events07 Mar 2023
The role of data to protect migrants’ rightsEvents07 Mar 2023
GCM Talk: Missing migrants and Humanitarian assistanceEvents06 Mar 2023
MobileRemit AfricaPractice Repository06 Feb 2023
Sesiones de formación de periodistas en migración, medio ambiente y cambio climáticoPractice Repository23 Jan 2023
Supporting regular migration pathways for safe and orderly migration, and to deter irregular migrationPledge21 Dec 2022
Kenya National Coordination Mechanism on Migration (NCM): County Outreach ProgramPractice Repository20 Dec 2022
“To promote public perception regarding the positive contribution of migrants and to end discrimination and stigmatization against them”Pledge16 Dec 2022