Regional Inter-State Consultation Mechanisms on Migration

Approaches, Recent Activities and Implications for Global Governance of Migration

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This study reviews 25 interstate consultative mechanisms on migration: 18 RCPs and seven others, here termed interregional forums on migration (IRF) that appear to depart from the classic RCP model in some meaningful way. Each case review includes background on the origin and development of the mechanism, a brief discussion of the evolution of the agenda, identification of any linkages with multilateral agreements, and a note on the placement of the mechanism within the taxonomy of mechanisms suggested by the author. The study concludes with implications for harmonized governance of migration.




I am greatly indebted to the guidance and support provided by key IOM colleagues involved in this study. Colleagues from Regional and Country Offices throughout the world have been generous with their time and astute in their commentaries on the drafts. Their direct and continuous contact with many of the key governmental partners in the reviewed regional forums and processes has been instrumental toward gaining clear perspective.


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