Migration Research Leaders Syndicate

Migration Research Leaders Syndicate

In 2017, IOM established the Migration Research Leaders’ Syndicate to support the development of the global compact for migration (GCM). The Syndicate comprised migration experts from around the world with deep knowledge of a wide variety of aspects of migration. Its 36 members were academic and applied researchers from a range of disciplines, including law, geography, economics, demography, international relations, sociology and political science. Their work was supported by 9 advisers with vast experience in policy settings and in bridging policy and research. Syndicate members and advisers heralded from all continents, encompassing origin, transit and destination country perspectives. Through targeted initiatives such as this, IOM provided the space and framework to enable leading migration experts to inform the global compact process with the latest thinking in academic and applied research on migration.

The Syndicate contributed to the final GCM in 3 main ways. First, Syndicate members provided their top three reads for policymakers. Second, migration scholars also wrote short, technical papers articulating and suggesting ways to resolve policy conundrums posing obstacles to safe, orderly and regular migration. These ideas were honed with the inputs of advisers in a workshop held in Geneva in September 2017. The consolidated publication comprising the top 3 reads and the technical papers was launched at IOM’s 108th Council in November 2017. Additionally, Syndicate members wrote crisp blog pieces that further provided evidence-based, rigorous and innovative insights on some of the most complex challenges for international cooperation on migration.

To learn more about this 2017 initiative please visit the Migration Research Leaders Syndicate webpage: https://www.iom.int/migration-research-leaders-syndicate