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The Role of Regional Consultative Process in Managing International Migration

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The past ten years have seen an increase in the number of regional consultative processes focusing on migration. These non-binding fora bring representatives of states, civil society, and international organizations together at the regional level to discuss migration-related issues in a cooperative manner. This paper provides a comprehensive overview of regional consultative processes. It examines eleven regional processes and investigates the development and achievements of four of them in depth.

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Introduction

In the past ten years, there has been a marked increase in the number of regional consultative processes focusing on migration-related issues. Regional consultative processes have, in these years, been initiated in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe; on each continent, some type of regional consultative process, whether in a more advanced state of development or only slowly consolidating into more than just a series of meetings, is present. The first steps toward new regional consultative processes are being taken in more and more regions. Most recently, in October 2000, an International Conference on Migration was organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in D|akar, the final Declaration of which is the first step in the establishment of a West African regional consultative process.

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