2019 Global ISCM Meeting

The Eighth Global Meeting of inter-State consultation mechanisms on migration (GRCP 8) took place on 5 April 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland, under the theme “Advancing a common understanding of migration governance across regions”. Organized on the eve of a new decade, GRCP 8 revisited ISCMs’ achievements (e.g. policies, structures, partnership models) and identify a way forward to their renewed role in the evolving migration governance architecture.
The event provided a forum for Inter-State Consultation Mechanisms on Migration [ISCMs, including regional consultative processes on migration, interregional forums on migration and global processes on migration] to jointly consider ISCM’s contributions to migration governance at all levels, their achievements, effective practices, structures and partnership models.
The following issues were addressed during GRCP 8

  • Continued relevance of ISCMs in the current migration governance architecture.
  • Shaping by ISCM of migration governance and policies at all levels.
  • Strengthening the ISCM sustainability.
  • Fostering synergies and partnerships among ISCMs and with other actors.

In anticipation of GRCP 8, IOM pursued an Assessment of ISCMs to review ISCMs’ contribution to migration governance at all levels, the evolution in their structures, sustainability, synergies and partnerships.  The preliminary findings of this Assessment were presented at GRCP 8 to seek ISCMs’ reflection on these findings.  The Assessment comprised desktop research of materials by and on ISCMs, a survey (among ISCMs, States participating in ISCMs and organizations engaged with ISCMs) and telephone interviews conducted prior to the GRCP. 

GRCP 8 and the ISCM Assessment allowed to:

  • review the extensive contribution by inter-State consultation mechanisms to migration governance at all levels. 
  • group into patterns the various structures of the inter-State consultation mechanisms on migration.
  • expand on existing synergies among the inter-State consultation mechanisms on migration.
  • Illustrate the many partnerships inter-State consultation mechanisms on migration have developed throughout the years.
  • revisit the variables at play in the sustainability of inter-State consultation mechanisms on migration.

Session 2 on migration governance confirmed once again that inter-State consultation mechanisms remain the main State-led expertized actors on migration matters at the regional level and represent important actors at the global level.
Session 3 on structures and sustainability demonstrated how the inter-State consultation mechanisms on migration have successfully continued over time as informal yet increasingly meaningful players in migration governance.
The Working Lunch and Session 4 on synergies and partnerships highlighted existing and ever-growing alliances among ISCMs themselves and with an increasing array of partner entities in the spirit of whole-of-society approach to migration governance. 

The concluding elements arising out of these Sessions and building on the preliminary findings of the Assessment have led to the formulation of the GRCP 8 key outcomes to be included in the ISCM Assessment Report produced after the GRCP.


10:00 – 10:15

Opening Session

10:15 – 11:30

Session 1.  Inter-State Consultation Mechanisms on Migration: Achievements and Lessons Learnt

11:15 – 13:00

Session 2.  ISCMs’ Contribution to Migration Governance at National, Regional and Global Levels.

13:00 – 14:30

Working Lunch on Synergies and Partnerships

14:30 – 16:00

Session 3.  Structures and Sustainability

15:45 – 17:00

Session 4.  Synergies and Partnerships

17:15 – 17:30

Closing Session

GRCP is a closed meeting to which only ISCM Chairs and Heads of ISCM Secretariat are invited.  28 ISCMs were represented at GRCP 8: some at the level of Chairing Ministers (MIDSA, Rabat Process) or deputy Ministers (Abu Dhabi Dialogue). 

List of ISCMs attending GRCP 8:

5+5 Dialogue on Migration in the Western Mediterranean
African Union Horn of Africa Initiative on Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants (AU HoAI)
ACP – EU Dialogue on Migration
Almaty Process on Refugee Protection and International Migration
Budapest Process
Caribbean Migration Consultations (CMC)
Central American Commission of Migration Directions (OCAM)
Coordinated Mekong Ministerial Initiative Against Trafficking (COMMIT)
Eastern Partnership Panel on Migration, Mobility and Integrated Border Management
EU-Horn of Africa Migration Route Initiative (Khartoum Process)
Euro-African Dialogue on Migration and Development (Rabat Process)
European Union – Latin America and the Caribbean Structured and Comprehensive Bi-regional Dialogue on Migration (EU-CELAC)
Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD)
Ibero-American Network of Migration Authorities (RIAM)
Intergovernmental Authority on Development Regional Consultative Process on migration (MiD-IGAD)
Inter-Governmental Consultations on Migration, Asylum and Refugees (IGC)
International Dialogue on Migration (IDM)
Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa (MIDSA)
Migration Dialogue for West Africa (MIDWA)
Migration Dialogue from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa Member States (MIDCOM)
Ministerial Consultation on Overseas Employment and Contractual Labour for Countries of Origin and Destination in Asia (Abu Dhabi Dialogue)
Ministerial Consultation on Overseas Employment and Contractual Labour for Countries of Origin and Destination in Asia (Abu Dhabi Dialogue)
Pacific Immigration Directors’ Conference (PIDC)
Pan-African Forum on Migration (Intra-Regional Forum on Migration in Africa)
Prague Process
Regional Conference on Migration (RCM)
Regional Consultative Process on Overseas Employment and Contractual Labour for Countries of Origin in Asia (Colombo Process)
South American Conference on Migration (SACM)

Note: the Arab Regional Consultative Process on Migration and Refugee Affairs (ARCP) was unable to attend but contributed with a presentation at Session 2 and participated in the ISCM Assessment survey.