Thematic Focus: Global Compacts Round-up

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News & developments:

As reported by ICVA (referencing this ECHO Daily Flash), Tanzania “has withdrawn [from] the implementation of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), stopping the ongoing exercise to provide Tanzanian citizenship to some Burundian refugees and that it will ‘discourage new asylum seekers’. Tanzania had traditionally so far had a solid reputation for welcoming refugees and was a CRRF pilot country.”

For updates on other countries/situations where the CRRF is being rolled out, visit the digital portal.

Also available are monthly global updates (here is the most recent one, from Dec. 2017; to access, scroll to the bottom of UNHCR’s CRRF web page.


Formal Consultations on the Global Compact on Refugees [info]
– Six will be held monthly in Geneva, beginning in February. More information is provided in this roadmap.

Blog posts & commentary:

Global Compact on Migration: Issues at Play (Center for Migration Studies, 2018) [text]

The Global Compact on Refugees: A Step Towards Mending a Broken System (Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog, Jan. 2018) [text]

The Global Compact on Refugees: Reasons for Hope (RI Blog, Dec. 2017) [text]

UN Global Compact for Migration Must be Made Fit for Purpose (IRIN, Dec. 2017) [text]


High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges, Geneva, 12-13 Dec. 2017 [access]
– “The two days of discussions were dedicated to taking stock of progress made and lessons learned in the process leading to the global compact on refugees… .” A summary report of the 2017 Dialogue and summaries of the six thematic sessions are now available.

Making Migration Work for All: Report of the Secretary General, UN Doc. No. A/72/643 (UN General Assembly, Dec. 2017) [access]
– Follow link for report in multiple languages, written contributions from Member States and other stakeholders, video of the report launch, and background information. See also related Refugees Deeply comment.

The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants: A New Way to Support Refugees and People Who Have Left Their Countries (UNHCR, Jan. 2018) [text]
– An easy-to-read guide that “is intended to explain the NY Declaration in accessible language for anyone interested, without the need for background knowledge on topics covered in the document.”

Practical Application of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework: Preliminary Progress Update (UNHCR, Dec. 2017) [text]

Strengthening International Cooperation on and Governance of Migration: Towards the Adoption of a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in 2018, International Dialogue on Migration (“Red Book” Series), no. 27 (IOM, 2017) [text]
– This publication consolidates the results of discussion that took place during two International Dialogue on Migration events, one in New York in April 2017 and the other in Geneva in July 2017. It “contains the report and supplementary materials of the two events. The report is organized around five themes emerged from discussions and reflects the significant convergence of views that emerged during the two dialogues. The final section brings together key recommendations made during the workshops.”

“Strengthening the Global Refugee Protection System: Recommendations for the Global Compact on Refugees,” Journal of Migration & Human Security, vol. 5, no. 4 (2017) [open access]

Related posts:
Thematic Focus: General (25 Jan. 2018)
Thematic Focus: Global Compacts Round-up (14 Dec. 2017)

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