The Global Compact on Refugees (GCR), adopted by the UN General Assembly on 17 December 2018, represents the international reference framework for planning and monitoring policy responses to address refugee situations in the future. The EU and its Member States are now confronted with the question of how GCR will be implemented both internally within the EU and externally with its global partners.
As our expert brief mapping the existing research in this field shows, GCR offers an important step for durable solutions albeit its legally non-binding nature. In our expert interview, Dr. Jean-François Durieux, Prof. Geoff Gilbert and Dr. Volker Türk highlight that:
- it is necessary to expand existing resettlement programmes, by involving additional countries in global resettlement efforts and offering establishment of complementary pathways for admission in EU territory;
- various actors must get involved in the implementation of the Compact, including the private sector, local authorities, relevant international organisations, international financial institutions and academia.
- Ambitious goals on resettlement as part of the pledging process and lack of political will among EU member states to meet them.
-Resettlement being subordinated to a migration management logic, instead of being a protection tool and expression of solidarity
- The need to ensure consistency between EU policies and the human rights and international protection at the basis of the GCR.
- The need for evidence-based independent monitoring of the GCR which cover all relevant dimensions of refugee protection.
- Involvement of the European Parliament in the reporting process on implementation, in particular on the use of EU funding for GCR goals.
This online consultation aims to discuss with national stakeholders, practitioners, policy actors and researchers the following three topics:
Topic 1: Needs for better support.
- What are the critical factors to be addressed to facilitate the implementation process of GCR? Please fill out our scoring survey.
- What do local and national actors (state actors as well as civil society, migrant and refugee organisations and private sector) need to effectively contribute to and ensure its implementation of GCR’s key objectives?
Topic 2: Policy actions to ensure that needs are addressed.
- What are the measures that have been implemented to fulfil these needs and ensure involvement of local stakeholders in your national/local context?
- What other possible measures could be implemented to fulfil these needs?
Topic 3: The role of the EU and other actors.
- What role could the EU play in fostering good practices and empowering local and national stakeholders in this process?
- Who are the other key institutions and actors that are or should be involved in the implementation of GCR in your national/local context? How can they help ensure its successful implementation?
We invite you all to share your views, experiences and examples related to implementation of GCR in your country of work/residence.
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