Practitioner perspective insights on how the Global Compact for Migration is being utilised in practice to progress the rights of migrants at global, regional and national levels.

In recent years, the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) has emerged as the first intergovernmental UN agreement on a shared approach to global migration governance. Despite its limitations as a non-legally binding instrument, the GCM and its infrastructure have been used effectively to mobilise States around key migration issues. This presentation will share insights from a practitioner perspective on how the GCM is being utilised in practice to progress the rights of migrants at global, regional and national levels.

About the speaker

Dr Rasika Jayasuriya is a Visiting Fellow at RegNet, ANU. She has worked for over two decades across the government, multilateral and civil society sectors on policy issues related to migration and human rights. She has held positions as a Policy Specialist and Consultant with the Migration and Displacement team at UNICEF Headquarters and the UN Network on Migration at IOM-UN Migration in Geneva. She has also worked for the Australian Attorney-General’s Department on human trafficking and for the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet on migration and refugee policy.

Rasika holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne’s Law School, focusing on temporary labour migration and child rights, and was a Doctoral Associate with the global ‘Gender, Migration and the Work of Care’ project at the Centre for Global Social Policy, University of Toronto. She is also a Member of the Gender and Care Hub at Oxford University.  

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