Arab Regional Consultative Process on Migration and Refugees Affairs

Type: Regional consultative process on migration (region: Middle East and Africa)

Formal association with regional or multi-stakeholder organization: League of Arab States (LAS)

Established: 2015

Objectives
The ARCP brings together the countries from the Arab Region with a view to tackling questions arising from migration issues. It is considered as an Arab platform to discuss issues of international migration, and work on: strengthening cooperation between the participating countries and working towards a more profound understanding of migration issues in the Arab region,  promoting a common understanding about the causes, dimensions, patterns and effects of migration and its future trends in the Arab region,  as well as helping governments to participate with a unified vision in the global events related to migration.

Current Thematic Focus
Specific areas of discussion include:

  • Migration and Development.
  • Migration Management.
  • Migration Policies.
  • Brain Drain.
  • Mixed Migration.
  • Irregular Migration.
  • Asylum, Displacement and Forced Migration.
  • Migrants Rights.
  • Integration of Migrants.
  • Remittances of Migrants.
  • Capacity building of governments’ officials in the field of migration.
  • Migration data Provision.

Members
Member States (21 States)

Algeria
Bahrain
Comoros
Djibouti
Egypt
Iraq
Jordan
Kuwait
Lebanon
Libya
Mauritania
Marocco
Oman
State of Palestine
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Somalia
Sudan
Tunisia
United Arab Emirates
Yemen

Suspended Members (1 State)

Syria                         

Current Presidency: League of Arab States (LAS)
ARCP is not chaired by a country, instead the League of Arab States is the permanent Chair. 

Observers
States, international and regional organizations, civil society organizations and experts in the field of migration can be invited to participate in the ARCP meetings when the member states see that their presence would represent an added value to the topic discussed and be beneficial to the results of the meeting.

Secretariat
League of Arab States (LAS)

Contact Information
General Secretariat of the League of Arab States HQ,
Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt
Tel: +2 25750511; +2 25752966
Fax: +2 25740331; +2 25761017

Website 
www.lasportal.org

Meetings
July 25-26, 2017, LAS Headquarters, Egypt, Extraordinary Meeting for the Arab Regional Consultative Process on Migration and Refugee Affairs (ARCP) in preparation for the Ongoing Consultations on the Global Compact on Refugees and the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration” [Hint En; Agenda En | Ar; Concept Note En | Ar; Outcome Document on GCM En | Ar; Outcome Document on GCR En | Ar]]
May 8-9, 2017, Cairo, Egypt, League of Arab States Headquarters, Third Meeting of the Arab Regional Consultative Process on Migration, [Agenda [AR], Hint [EN], ARCP Position Paper for the 10th GRCP [AR | EN]]
August 2-3, 2016, Cairo, Egypt, Extraordinary Meeting In preparation of the UNGA High-Level Plenary Meeting on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants, Declaration EN | AR
May 24-25, 2016, Cairo, Egypt, Second Meeting of the Arab Regional Consultative Process on Migration, (adopted the ARCP Programming Document and its 2016-2017 Work Plan)
April 27-28, 2015, Cairo, Egypt, First ARCP Meeting, [NEW European Neighborhood Policy - EN | AR; GFMD Briefing EN | AR]

Principal Documents
The ARCP Terms of Reference (ToRs) adopted in April 2015
Arab Position towards New European Neighborhood EN | AR
ARCP Outcome Document - GCR EN | AR
ARCP Outcome Document - GCM EN | AR
Final Declaration in Preparation of HLM on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants EN | AR
Statements Concerning Victims of Irregular Migration Across the Mediterranean EN | AR
Statement on World Refugee 2016 - Arabic
Statement on World Refugee 2017 EN | AR
​Statement on World Refugee 2018 EN | AR