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International Migration

In order to co-ordinate efforts on international migration and displacement and to ensure that these efforts are complementary and mutually-reinforcing, agencies in the United Nations system have begun to create structures to ensure global and regional collaboration on migration-related work. The Working Group on International Migration in the Arab Region, co-chaired by UN-ESCWA, the League of Arab States and the International Organization for Migration, brings together 17 participating agencies:


The working group coordinates efforts of international and regional actors in the Arab region and promotes joint research and interventions on migration and displacement.

In January 2016, the working group launched the first edition of a biennial report on international migration The 2015 Situation Report on International Migration: Migration, Displacement and Development in a changing Arab Region”The report addresses the knowledge deficit on international migration in the Arab region by providing a multi-disciplinary and comprehensive overview of relevant contemporary migration trends and their economic and social consequences for policy makers, researchers and practitioners, drawing on the expertise and mandates of the member agencies of the working group. The report assesses current migration trends in the region and provides thematic and timely discussion of important migration-related topics while highlighting the need for coordinated and holistic responses to international migration challenges.

In 2016, the working group conducted a mapping survey of existing programmes and activities on international migration and displacement in the Arab region and produced its second mapping report Mapping Report of Programmes, Projects and Activities, 2016, which charts the endeavors of its member organizations in the field of migration.