Delegation of the European Union to the

UN and other international organisations in Geneva

IOM - 108th Session of the Council of the International Organisation for Migration - Item 8: Global Compact for Migration

Geneva, 28/11/2017 - 00:00, UNIQUE ID: 171205_4
Statements on behalf of the EU

IOM - 108th Session of the Council of the International Organisation for Migration Geneva, 28 November - 01 December 2017 Item 8: Global Compact for Migration

I speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.

The EU is very much committed to the process leading to the adoption of a Global Compact for Migration next year. We contributed substantially to all thematic meetings and will continue to do so in the stocktaking phase and during the negotiations in New York.

Any outcome must be people-centred, human-rights-based, and taking into account the challenges and benefits of migration for all. We aim for a robust, balanced outcome to strengthen cooperation between countries of origin, transit, and destination, building on the principle of responsibility-sharing.

We support the work of the SRSG as well as IOM to achieve this goal.

The Global Compact should aim at providing long-term, sustainable and comprehensive solutions for the benefit of all parties involved. It needs to take into account their interests, competences and capacities, as well as states’ obligations under international law. It should promote a comprehensive approach to migration encompassing measures to address and prevent irregular migration, enhance and facilitate return and readmission recalling States’ obligation to readmit their own nationals. At the same time it should facilitate opportunities for safe, orderly and regular migration, taking into account national competences in migration policies.

The EU and its Member States already contribute to the strengthening of international cooperation under the Partnership Framework on Migration. Through this Framework, the EU is pursuing a holistic approach on migration with our partner countries, especially in Africa: We combine short-term and long-term measures, address the drivers of irregular migration and build on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The future Global Compact for Migration could set up a dedicated follow-up and review mechanism of the implementation of the action oriented political commitments in line with the following general principles. It should be:

  • of a non-legally binding nature;
  • an efficient, light and responsive process;
  • based on the framework of existing UN fora and not lead to the creation of any new structure.

The policies and partnerships implemented by the EU over the years, particularly those that were designed as the external dimension of the European Agenda on Migration, are examples of modern and effective policies.

We reiterate our strong support for IOM’s leading role on migration in the follow-up and review process of the Global Compact.  We must make best use of IOM’s policy and technical expertise in this regard. The GCM process is a collective effort, and we call on all our partners to contribute to its successful outcome.

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