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The Partnership Approaches in the UN Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration: The role and experiences of civil society around the world

May 2022

Editors: Dr. Sergio Carrera, Lina Vosyliūtė and Dr. Roberto Cortinovis (CEPS)

The ASILE Forum on the partnership principle brings together contributions by scholars and civil society actors’ testimonies. We have invited academics with expertise on civil society’s role in implementing the UN Global Compacts on Refugees and for Migration as well as practitioners and civil society actors working on the key issues and opportunities for national and transnational mobilisation dynamics. This forum is kicked off in anticipation of the International Migration Review Forum (IMRF) that takes place in mid-May at the UN premises in New York to review the Global Compact for Migration. 
This ASILE forum aims to draw some lessons from around the Globe coming from diverse civil society contributions, ranging from local migrant and refugee-led organisations to their networks and large international human rights and humanitarian organisations. Participation in the Forum is by invitation only. Unsolicited contributions are welcomed but will be carefully considered and assessed by the Editorial team of this ASILE forum. If you wish to send a contribution to the Forum please contact

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The Partnership Approaches in the UN Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration:Transnational mobilization dynamics and experiences around the World, kickoff contribution by Sergio Carrera, Lina Vosyliūtė & Andrew Fallone, 12 May 2022

The Transnational and Global Civil Society Movement on Migration: Building on the Past Decade in the Lead up to the First International Migration Review Forum, Colin Rajah and Clara Keller-Skupien, 13 May 2022

Hypocrisy, Cynicism or Just Tokenism? The (In)Compatibility of Partnership and Whole-Of-Society Approaches with the Criminalisation of Civil Society Groups Who Support Refugees and Migrants, Carla Ferstman, 13 May 2022

Delivering on the Promise? Partnering for Implementing Global Political Commitments in the Global Compact for Migration and the Agenda 2030, Marion Panizzon, 13 May 2022

Refugees’ right to education during times of ‘crisis’: Civil society experiences in Brazil, Andre Leitão, 9 June 2022

Pledging and the Global Compact on Refugees: An inclusive process for better implementation?, Najmah Ali, 9 June 2022

The Relevance of Faith Actors’ Partnerships for the Global Compact on Refugee, Stephanie Acker & Leiza Brumat, 9 June 2022

Are the Global Compact for Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees opening a new chapter in the relationship between civil society and governments?, Stephane Jaquemet, 5 July 2022

Why civil society engagement is crucial for refugee protection, Ludger Pries, 5 July 2022

Multi-stakeholder Engagement in the Strengthening of National Asylum Systems, Cecilia Vejby Andersen & Solveig Als, 6 September 2022

GCM’s whole-of-society pathway to global migration governance: Not all societal actors are created equal, Jorge V. Tigno, 20 March 2023

Sisyphus keeps on rolling: Migrant Civil Society and Global Migration Governance after the 1st International Migration Review Forum, Stefan Rother, 12 May 2023