Making the Global Compacts Work: What future for refugees and migrants?

 Making the Global Compacts Work: What future for refugees and migrants?,

a new Kaldor Centre Policy Brief, published in partnership with The New School’s Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility

This important Policy Brief examines two international agreements now under negotiation at the United Nations – the Global Compact on Refugees, and the Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration – and concludes they have potential to significantly improve the international systems of refugee protection and migration management.

This is a watershed moment. At the launch, Kaldor Centre Acting Director Professor Guy S Goodwin-Gill recalled Martin Luther King Jr’s words, ‘We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now… We must move past indecision to action.’

“For too long, States have stumbled in the face of people on the move,” Professor Goodwin-Gill said.

“Here and now, they have a chance – to up their game on solutions for refugees; to agree practical, humane and sustainable responses for those in search of protection and security; to take on a whole of society approach to one of humanity’s greatest challenges,”

“In this Policy Brief, as in all our work, the Kaldor Centre presents the evidence, draws out the sticking points but also the opportunities, and clears the path for serious progress. We know what works and what doesn’t; all we need now is the political will.”

Authored by Zolberg Institute Director T Alexander Aleinikoff and Georgetown University Professor Emerita Susan Martin, this latest Kaldor Centre Policy Brief recognises that what happens in the coming months will determine if the Compacts will amount to an opportunity lost – or a landmark in improved protection and help for refugees and migrants.

We invite you to read and share Making the Global Compacts Work: What future for refugees and migrants? and to explore the Kaldor Centre‘s other resources about the Global Compacts.

We would like to thank Open Society Foundations and Gregory Maniatis, director of the Open Society International Migration Initiative, for hosting the US event. We would also like to thank our supporters for enabling our work. Your tax-deductible gift helps us bring sustainable, legal and humane solutions to the real-world of policymaking for the world’s refugees and other forced migrants.

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