International Cooperation

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International cooperation in refugee and migrant policy – jointly known as global migration governance – is increasingly important. Many origin, transit and host countries can no longer cope with migration-related tasks on their own. And yet to date international cooperation has been rather ineffective, consisting of two different regimes: a refugee regime that is safeguarded by international law and institutions, but has a gap where the protection of internally displaced persons is concerned; and a patchwork of regional or bilateral agreements and coordination mechanisms for migration.

In both of these, substantive course-setting is underway to further develop content and institutions. Thus the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in 2015, contain objectives and indicators for migration policy that are binding for all states. The international community also decided in September 2016 to draw up within two years two (non-binding) agreements on forced displacement and migration (the Global Compact on Refugees and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration). Both agreements are expected to give essential structure to the global migration governance of the future.


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Anne Koch, Jana Kuhnt

Migration and the 2030 Agenda: Making Everyone Count

Migrants and Refugees in the Sustainable Development Goals

SWP Comment 2020/C 38, July 2020, 4 Pages


Nadine Biehler, David Kipp

Alternatives to Refugee Camps

Cities Need International Support for Receiving Forcibly Displaced People

SWP Comment 2019/C 49, December 2019, 4 Pages


Steffen Angenendt, Nadine Biehler, David Kipp, Amrei Meier

Growing Needs, Insufficient Resources

How to Fund International Refugee Protection?

SWP Research Paper 2019/RP 13, November 2019, 29 Pages


Steffen Angenendt, Anne Koch

How Germany Can Benefit from the Global Compact for Migration

Opportunities for National Reforms and International Cooperation

SWP Comment 2019/C 37, September 2019, 4 Pages


Judith Vorrath

Organized Crime on the UN Security Council Agenda

Action against Human Trafficking Reveals Opportunities and Challenges

SWP Comment 2018/C 38, September 2018, 4 Pages
Birthe Tahmaz

Why the Permanent Tensions between UNRWA and Israel?

in: Peter Lintl (ed.)
Actors in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Contributions to Research Papers 2018/RP 03, June 2018, 59 Pages, S. 43-50
Steffen Angenendt, Nadine Biehler

On the Way to a Global Compact on Refugees

The “Zero Draft”: A Positive, but Not Yet Sufficient Step

SWP Comment 2018/C 18, April 2018, 4 Pages
Anne Koch, Benjamin Schraven, Benjamin Etzold

Regional Migration Governance: Contributions to a Sustainable International Migration Architecture

Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (ed.), January 2018
Steffen Angenendt, Anne Koch

International Cooperation on Migration Policy: Dare to Do More!

The Global Forum on Migration and Development in Berlin Opens Up Opportunities

SWP Comment 2017/C 21, June 2017, 4 Pages
Steffen Angenendt, Anne Koch

Global Migration Governance and Mixed Flows

Implications for Development-centred Policies

SWP Research Paper 2017/RP 08, June 2017, 30 Pages
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