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.




Regional and interregional consultation mechanisms on migration, of various kinds and under various labels, have received and continue to receive considerable attention by policymakers and practitioners and are an increasingly important element in the formulation of international migration policy and practice. The lack of a global binding framework on migration governance increases the motivation for pursuing common perspectives and practical arrangements at the regional level and across migration areas that span geographic regions. This factor, coupled with the general rise in importance of migration in public policy and international relations, has undoubtedly influenced the proliferation in number and kind of regional and inter regional consultation and cooperation mechanisms addressing migration.


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