Directed by Professor Michael W. Doyle, Mr. Gregory Maniatis and (formerly) Professor T. Alexander Aleinikoff, the Columbia Global Policy Initiative launched its project on International Migration in 2013. The project aims to identify effective policies that will advance international cooperation on migration in order to amplify the positive aspects of migration and curtail its negative consequences.
To achieve this goal, the project:
- Supported the mandate of Mr. Peter Sutherland, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Migration, in his efforts to improve management of migration through international cooperation and strengthen the engagement of the UN on migration. In Feb. 2017, Mr. Sutherland produced a report to the UN detailing 16 recommendations for concrete improvements in migration management.
- Launched an International Commission of academics to draft a Model International Mobility Treaty, providing a roadmap to improve and strengthen the international legal regime on all forms of migration.
- Encouraged private sector engagement on refugee and migration issues, organizing a Private Sector Summit on Refugees and Migrants in partnership with Concordia, the UN Refugee Agency and the UN Migration Agency in Sep. 2016.
- Engaged in advocacy to ensure migration is substantively addressed UN system, including in the Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants in Sep. 2016.
In the coming year, the project will continue and expand on these efforts. We will:
- Launch Mr. Sutherland’s report at Columbia with UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
- Publish the Model International Mobility Treaty in the Columbia Journal for Transnational Law and organize launch events with academics around the world.
- Organize a Global Mayors Summit on 18-19 Sep. 2017 to enable a more vigorous role for cities and local governments in developing international migration and refugee policy, in partnership with New York City and Concordia.
- Engage in the negation process for the UN Global Compact on Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration and UN Global Compact on Refugees.
- Advance the implementation of the UN’s 2018 migration goals and provide strategic guidance to the UN.
- Formulate new rules for migration that can benefit migrants as well as states of origin, transit, and destination.
- Demonstrate that liabilities and inefficiencies of migration can be curbed while its quality and outcomes can be significantly improved through improved policies.
- Contribute to a new normative and legal agenda on international mobility that further entrenches the rights of mobile people and addresses the gaps in current international legal regimes.