Informal but Effective: Regional Consultative Processes as a Tool in Managing Migration

von Koppenfels, Amanda Klekowski (2001) Informal but Effective: Regional Consultative Processes as a Tool in Managing Migration. International Migration, 39 (6). pp. 61-84. ISSN 0020-7985. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

During the 1990s, the number of regional consultative processes focusing on migration increased significantly. These non-binding fora brought together representatives of States, civil society and international organizations at the regional level to discuss migration-related issues in a cooperative manner. Regional consultative processes, which are increasingly supported by governments, are partly a response to the growing complexity and diversity of international migration. Their emergence attests the importance that governments attach to a regional approach to migration management. Regional processes act informally, focusing on cooperative dialogue with an emphasis on information exchange and technical cooperation. The information exchange and confidence-building that occurs in regional processes is quite important in terms of developing links between States and influencing the likelihood of future bilateral and multilateral agreements. This article focuses upon the development of regional processes, using examples as illustrations. It suggests that the development of regional processes can be understood in terms of a four-stage model: first, the decision to address issues of concern in a cooperative regional forum; second, to agree upon a ''common language''; third, to agree upon a list of goals and, fourth, a shift toward a more operational process.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Migration and Social Care (RAE)
Depositing User: Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2008 14:51
Last Modified: 04 May 2012 14:07
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/7270 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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