22 Jul Regional and Inter-Regional Processes: Advancing the Discourse and Action on Migration and Development
Regional and Inter-regional Processes: Advancing the Discourse and Action on Migration and Development
Global Perspectives on Migration and Development
Regional Consultative Processes on Migration (RCPs) and Inter-regional Fora (IRF) have emerged in recent decades as effective mechanisms for inter-state cooperation on migration. They engage developing and developed countries at the sending and receiving ends of the migration spectrum and are well placed to deal with migration and development in comprehensive and cooperative ways. While each process has its own dynamics, focus, and priorities, all have the potential to contribute to improved migration governance through collaborative approaches at the regional and, eventually, international level. This chapter reflects on the engagement of RCPs and IRF with migration and development through the lens of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) since 2007. It considers how GFMD discussions have impacted or could impact on the discourse and actions of RCPs, IRF, and their member states, and how to enhance the mutually reinforcing relationship among RCPs and IRF, and between these and the GFMD. This chapter speculates on the likely road ahead for RCPs and IRF: To what extent are they spurring greater coherence of migration and development policy-making regionally? Are they substituting for the lack of a global migration management regime? Laying the foundations for one? And how should they interact with the GFMD?
Achieng, M. (2012). Regional and Inter-regional Processes: Advancing the Discourse and Action on Migration and Development. In: I, Omelaniuk (eds). Global Perspectives on Migration and Development. Global Migration Issues (vol 1). Springer: Dordrecht.