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The Best Ideas For Making Migration Work (Refugees Deeply)

January 25, 2018

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As the United States is engulfed in an ugly brawl about immigration, the rest of the world is building a consensus plan to sensibly regulate migration in the years to come.
By the end of this year, the world – without the U.S. – will agree on a Global Compact for Migration. This non-binding agreement will not touch nations’ sovereignty to exclude migrants. It will explore ways in which different countries can cooperate to make migration safe, orderly and regular.
In plainer terms, the compact will propose how countries can voluntarily collaborate to keep migrants from dying and keep them from resorting to the black market, while maximizing the potential for shared benefit. It is about how countries can shape migration in ways that work better for everyone.
The U.N. secretary-general Antonio Guterres just published his recommendations in a paper called Making Migration Work for All. It calls on states to harness the economic and social benefit potentials of migrants, together with pragmatic policies on legitimate security concerns and emphasizes the need for a rebalancing of migration rhetoric.

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