Commentary on the Global Compact’s Objective 21: Returns, Readmission, Reintegration

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    Izabella Majcher

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In mid-December, UN Member States will meet in Morocco to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. As part of a Refugee Law Initiative blog series assessing the final draft of the GCM, GDP Researcher Izabella Majcher examines the Compact’s Objective 21, concerning cooperation in facilitating safe and dignified return and readmission, as well as sustainable reintegration. The Objective, she argues, contains some laudable provisions, including on gender-responsive and child-sensitive features of return, the rights and best interests of the child, the right to family life and family unity (in the context of return of children), and procedural guarantees. However, the relevant implementing actions outlined in the Compact fail to take into account “a number of norms which are fundamental in the process of expulsion, such as the principle of non-refoulement, prohibition of collective expulsion, and the right to life and prohibition of ill-treatment during forcible return.”

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