Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Migration

The report, which was prepared by Mr. Peter Sutherland in his role as Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Migration, makes recommendations for the better management of migration through international cooperation, and proposes ways of strengthening the engagement of the United Nations on migration (A/71/728). While the report is addressed to Member States, it is offered as a contribution to all interested stakeholders. Drawing on the experience of the Special Representative on Migration, it is intended to inform the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, which Member States have committed to negotiate, beginning in early 2017, and which is to culminate in an intergovernmental conference on international migration in 2018, at which the global compact will be presented for adoption.

The report is organized in three sections: the introduction posits that, in the face of public concern, States will have a much better chance of reasserting control over who enters and stays on their territory if they work together, rather than unilaterally, thereby facilitating safe and legal migration, which is greatly preferable to migration forced underground. The second section sets out an agenda for action, resting on three sets of commitments, between States and migrants, among States, and between States and other stakeholders, and the following five policy priorities: (a) managing crisis related movements and protecting migrants in vulnerable situations; (b) building opportunities for labor and skills mobility; (c) ensuring orderly migration, including return; (d) fostering migrants’ inclusion and development; and (e) strengthening migration governance capacities. The final section lays out 16 recommendations on how willing coalitions of States, working with other stakeholders, can begin to tackle these priorities and gradually broaden the consensus on what a functioning international architecture for migration should look like in 2018 and beyond.