First Session of the International Dialogue on Migration 2024

First Session of the International Dialogue on Migration 2024
First Session of the International Dialogue on Migration 2024

Migration has always played a driving role in connecting different parts of the world, promoting cultural exchanges, enriching societies, stimulating growth and innovation and saving lives. The societal and individual opportunities that migration offers around the world are evident, as established in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. Together with the Global Compact on Refugees and some key international instruments and regional agreements, these frameworks show the way forward to realize and maximize the positive impacts of human mobility and address the challenges associated with it.

However, today’s increasingly fragmented world is shaken by conflict, climate change and the fragility of the global economy. Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals is stalling, involuntary migration is higher than ever, and millions of people are being forced from their homes by the effects of climate change. Vulnerabilities associated with displacement are often exacerbated by exploitation, violence, abuse and discrimination along migration routes. These phenomena, particularly widespread in the context of irregular migration, lead thousands of people to death each year, following dangerous journeys, due to lack of access to other safe solutions.

All of these factors will continue to shape and motivate population movements, while placing unprecedented pressure on states, societies and people around the world. Global trends suggest that migration flows will intensify in the future, expanding the range of opportunities that population movements can offer to societies and individuals in a highly interconnected and interdependent, but also risks increasing the potential costs of inadequate action in this regard. It is vital to completely rethink the approach taken to migration in order to bring about positive change.

Ensuring regular migration pathways is essential if the potential of migration to address global challenges is to be realized. The choice of destination as well as the modalities of migration and its outcomes depend largely on the opportunities to which migrants have access. However, these possibilities seem insufficient today, in a complex and unstable context, and which should remain so. Regular migration pathways must be strengthened and the risk of deepening divides and inequalities across the world must be reduced. Enabling regular migration pathways requires a comprehensive approach based on the two Global Compacts and other relevant frameworks, combined with other measures to save lives, address and limit displacement. , to combat irregular migration, and to enable the return of migrants in conditions of safety and dignity as well as their lasting reintegration. Change and innovation are urgently needed to ensure functional and efficient regular migration pathways, which are essential for safe, orderly and regular migration.

This session of the International Dialogue on Migration will bring together States and different partners to examine ways to strengthen and increase opportunities for regular and beneficial migration as part of a comprehensive approach to human mobility. As such, different strategic, operational or technical multi-sector solutions will be studied for all stages of the migration cycle: the phase preceding migration, admission, stay, exit, return and reintegration, or continuation of migration. . These discussions will take place in the context of regional reviews of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and ahead of the United Nations Futures Summit. Concerted action to achieve concrete progress on migration and asylum is essential for a better future. This action must be part of broader efforts to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, improve adaptation to climate change, address labor shortages, manage demographic transitions, to guarantee the safety of people fleeing violent conflicts and to offer alternatives to dangerous journeys which encourage abuse and exploitation, on irregular routes.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS SESSION?

This session of the International Dialogue on Migration aims to bring together a wide range of stakeholders, including representatives of States, organizations of the United Nations system, civil society, the private sector, as well as migrants and their communities in to generate a global multilateral debate on how to seize the opportunities and challenges associated with migration, while supporting vulnerable populations, in an increasingly interdependent and complex world.

WHAT ARE THE EXPECTED RESULTS OF THIS SESSION?

This session will:

  • To better understand, through evidence, the current and future opportunities and challenges associated with migration, including geopolitical crises, scaling up solutions and strategies to address the current gap knowledge ;
  • To identify particularly innovative cutting-edge solutions that administrations at local, national or regional levels have already put in place or could develop in the long term to exploit the potential of regular migration routes as part of a total approach to human mobility.
  • To analyze how multilateral action and broad partnerships involving the private sector, diasporas and local communities at national, regional and global levels and aimed at fostering safe and regular migration routes can help respond to some of the crises among the most distressing in the world and promote integration and the transition to peace and prosperity.
  • Understand how to open regular migration pathways that are more accessible, people-centered, rights-based, viable and secure, including what key strategic, operational and technical solutions should be deployed at all stages of the migration cycle.
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