Global Compact on Migration


The final negotiations on the GCM have now concluded and WIMN has released a statement regarding the close. We look forward to the adoption of the Compact in Marrakech this December and the continuing implementation, enforcement and review of the Global Compact for Migration. Look below for other organization’s statements on the Compact.


The global compact for migration will be the first intergovernmentally negotiated agreement, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, to cover all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner. 

In the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, adopted in September 2016, the General Assembly decided to develop a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. The process to develop this global compact for migration started in April 2017. The General Assembly will then hold an intergovernmental conference on international migration in 2018 with a view to adopting the global compact. 

For more information visit the IOM website.

WIMN’s Concerns

The Women in Migration Network welcomes a new focus by the global community on migration governance and the urgency of global cooperation. In this context, we affirm existing commitments to international law and the primacy of migrant human rights, regardless of status. However, while the new Compact could do much to address current flawed migration processes and policies, we have a deep concern that the Compact could instead undermine states’ existing obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the human rights of all migrants.

The key concerns of WIMN center around the ways in which securitization and militarization of borders and other deterrence measures, as well as regressive practices such as detention and deportations continue to be sustained and rationalized in frameworks drafted towards the Compact. Furthermore, the drive for the Compact not to be a binding instrument would further jeopardize the needed goals for international cooperation and coordinated governance within a human rights framework. A more detailed list of WIMN’s concerns and suggestions can be found here

Useful Documents

Final Draft of the Global Compact for Migration

Links to Statements on concluded GCM by Organizations (July 2018): 

(June 29, 2018): GCM Draft Rev 3

WIMN’s Position on the Global Compact on Migration. French. Spanish.

Full set of WIMN’s Issue Briefs (2017):

Summary of the First Thematic Session (2017)

Summary of the Second Thematic Session (2017)

Summary of the Third Thematic Session (2017)

New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants (2016)

WIMN Comment on Irregular Migration and Regular Pathways 6th Thematic Session


Upcoming Events


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Past Events


Sixth Thematic Session of the GCM

Start date: October 12, 2017

End date: October 13, 2017

Location: Geneva


This thematic session will discuss irregular migration and regular pathways, including decent work, labor mobility, recognition of skills and qualifications, and other relevant measures.

GCM Regional Consultation for Latin America and the Carribean

Start date: October 5, 2017

End date: October 6, 2017

Location: Santiago, Chile


A regional preparatory meeting with local Member States, civil society organisations and other relevant stakeholders.

GCM Regional Consultation for Europe

Start date: October 2, 2017

End date: October 3, 2017

Location: Geneva, Switzerland


A regional preparatory meeting with local Member States, civil society organisations and other relevant stakeholders.

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