A Roadmap to Protection in Mixed Movements 2021: A Renewed Call for Action
A video by MMC and UNHCR in Arabic, English and French.
“A Roadmap for Advocacy, Policy Development and Programming: Protection in Mixed Movements along the Central and Western Mediterranean Routes 2021” is an edited volume that presents key recommendations from more than 40 researchers, protection actors, policy-makers and people with a displacement experience from North, West, East and the Horn of Africa as well as Europe and North America, who came together in February 2021 for a Policy Workshop convened by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Mixed Migration Centre (MMC). Recommendations are drawn from 25 research papers and first-hand experiences, aimed at informing policy, programming and advocacy. This synthesis aims to serve as a roadmap for strategic engagement with States and different asylum and migration stakeholders at the local, national and international levels.
As a part of the process of convening diverse expertise and fostering information-sharing and debate, it was crucial that we included the research and perspectives of people who themselves had experienced some form of forced or migratory displacement. Their intimate knowledge of the impact of displacement and of the needs and aspirations of persons of concern made their contributions of great value in thinking through improved policies and programming.
More broadly, the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) and Global Compact for Migration (GCM) emphasise the importance of a whole-of-society response to forced displacement and migration, respectively. Research in support of the objectives of both compacts, including expanding access to third-country solutions; supporting conditions in countries of origin for return in safety and dignity; and reducing the risks and vulnerabilities that people on the move face at different stages of their journey by respecting, protecting and fulfilling their human rights and providing them with care and assistance; is one of the contributions academics make. This volume is a contribution to such research. The GCR and GCM also recognize the role that refugees and migrants themselves play in whole-of-society response. People on the move must stand at the front lines of this research, as both subjects and investigators. It is our hope that the policy workshop and this volume contributes to this necessary re-framing.
Article from the Mixed Migration Centre