This coming October the UN General Assembly will meet in a historic second meeting concentrating on international migration. In this article, Peter Sutherland, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Migration, and member of THP’s Club of the Hague, details the summit’s need to generate action on how to reduce the economic and human cost of migration for the meeting to be considered a success.
Sutherland identifies significant positive trends converging that should raise the odds that this dialogue will produce meaningful results.
First, the number states with stakes in international migration has exploded. More and more states have an interest in thinking and acting holistically about migration, rather than seeing it only from a viewpoint of an origin or destination country. Their points of view are coming together, creating greater chance of cooperation.
A solid evidence base of how migration impacts development, and which polices are effective, is emerging, thus, deflating the mythology that distorts debate.
Sutherland states, a shared stance of The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration’s , that solutions will be identified and solved in conversations taking place amongst stake holders at a regional level, and that the search for partners in this process extends to non-state actors who have become crucial in the efforts to create a safer, and fairer, international migration system.
With positive trends come countervailing forces at work, too. With the rise in international movement comes criminal private sector action – traffickers, smugglers, and exploitive recruiters – seeing significant growth. This makes it even more urgent to make the most out of the high level dialogue next fall.
While Mr. Sutherland is hopefully that the dialogue will find success in producing scalable courses of action, he reminds us that the pursuit of grander goals must not be allowed to undermine more incremental efforts, and that satisfaction of short-term political gains of states must not be allowed to jeopardize what can be accomplished with the hard work of cooperation.
To read Mr. Sutherland’s complete article, please select the link below.