The Global Commission on International Migration, the first-ever global panel addressing international migration, was officially launched by the United Nations Secretary-General and a number of governments on 9 December 2003 in Geneva. It was composed of 19 members, drawn from all regions and bringing together a wide range of migration perspectives and expertise.
In promoting a comprehensive debate on international migration, the Commission sought to develop a broader understanding of international migration by:
- reviewing government and other migration expertise, policy approaches and best practices in all regions
- conducting research and exploring migration interlinkages with such areas as:
- human security
- forced displacement
- migrant remittances
- international cooperation
- private sector involvement
- the role of the media
- national and international security
- collecting and disseminating migration-related information, and
- maintaining an overall focus on how to strengthen the international governance of migration.
The Global Commission on International Migration finished its work on 31 December 2005.