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Circular 12: Report of Louise Arbour (SRSG for International Migration) – Making Migration Work for All

We would like to share with you that the Special Representative to the Secretary General (SRSG) forInternational Migration, Louise Arbour, has shared her report, Making Migration for All. Attached is the report which is available in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, and Russian.

As stated in the summary, the report focuses on making migration work for all, emphasizing its links to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The report highlights: (a) options for Member States to help migrants fulfill their economic and social potential; (b) steps to promote regular migration; and (c) policies to meet the legitimate security considerations of Member States concerning irregular migration. It also explores the specific challenges arising from large mixed movements of migrants and refugees.

The report offers suggestions for Member States to frame an action-oriented global compact, addressing aspects of migration from the subnational to the global level and a specific strategy for responding to large movements of migrants. The Secretary-General also sets out plans to conduct intensive consultations within the United Nations system to address how the Organization can adapt to provide better support for the global compact and sets out proposals for follow-up to the compact by Member States.

The present report is split into five main sections: in section II, the SRSG made some observations about the need to ensure a respectful and realistic debate about migration in the face of many inaccurate narratives about its consequences; section III addresses the main tasks involved in making migration work for all, including helping migrants to fulfil their economic and social potential, promoting regular migration and addressing the legitimate security considerations of Member States concerning irregular migration; and section IV explores the specific policy challenges arising from large mixed movements of migrants and refugees.

Section V of the report discusses the implementation of the global compact, the types of commitments that Member States could make in the global compact and lays out a potential strategy for responding to large movements of migrants, which Member States could adopt as an integral part of the global compact and a s a complement to the global compact on refugees, which is also to be adopted in 2018.

In section VI, I put forward plans to launch intensive consultations through 2018 to prepare the United Nations system, including the International Organization for Migration (IOM), to provide effective support to Member States on migration issues, touching on improvements to intergovernmental oversight of migration, and I propose initial suggestions for mechanisms to assist Member States in follow-up after the adoption of the global compact.
Further, there will be a briefing by the Secretary-General on the report which will take place on 11 January at 10:00AM (New York time) at the Trusteeship Council followed by an opportunity for Q&A. A letter from the President of the General Assembly, dated 4 January 2018, was sent to all permanent representatives and permanent observers (enclosed). You may watch the meeting live or watch the recording of the briefing in the UN webcast (http://webtv.un.org).

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