Out Now: Assessments of the #GFMD and the Global Compact #ForMigration – which road from Marrakesh?

Migration, Civil Society and Global GovernanceMore than half a year has passed since the Global Compact on safe, orderly and regular migration has been agreed upon at the end of 2018 in Morocco and New York. Talks about the implementation and monitoring of the compact and the role civil society can play in all of this are still ongoing. Here are some publications that take the reader along the road to and from Marrakesh: what processes led to the development of the compact, what was the role of the GFMD in particular and what invited and invented spaces could civil society use to bring the voices of migrants into these deliberations? At least some of these publications are open access already:

First, there is an edited volume by Carl-Ulrik Schierup, Branka Likic-Brboric, Raúl Delgado Wise and Gülay Toksöz on “Migration, Civil Society and Global Governance”. It particularly focusses on the GFMD and the position of civil society in the process that has contributed to the development of the Global Compact on Migration.

It is based on a Special Issue of the journal Globalizations:


to which I contributed an article on “Angry birds of passage – migrant rights networks and counter-hegemonic resistance to global migration discourses


Besides the articles from the journal, the book contains a “Postscript: The Global compact for Migration: What Road from Marrakech?”, discussing the role that migrant civil society played inside and outside the deliberations during the “migration week” in Marrakesh.

The good news is that this first assessment has been made open access and is, together with 2 other important chapters, available for free download here:


Second, I wrote an assessment of the German GFMD-Co-Chairmanship and its role in the Global Compact process.

Here is the English abstract:

Germany’s Co-Chairmanship in the Global Forum on Migration and Development pp. 77–82

From 2017 to 2018, Germany and Morocco held the joint chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). The main focus of the chairmanship was on innovative labor market policies but also on the controversial issue of return and fighting so-called ›illegal migration‹. The orchestrated campaign against the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in 2018 initially hit German politics and media unprepared. However, in the end a clear commitment by Chancellor Angela Merkel to multilateral processes helped support the adoption of the Compact in December 2018.

Unfortunately, the main article is not (yet) open access and in German only, but feel free to contact me if you are interested.


Third, a Special Issue on “Migration Governance in an Era of Large Movements”, that has previously been accessible as “early view”


has now been assigned to a Journal issue and can be found here:


My contribution looks at “The Global Forum on Migration and Development as a venue of state socialisation: a stepping stone for multi-level migration governance?” and can be found here:












About Dr. Stefan Rother

Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute at the University of Freiburg -- Freelance journalist -- You can find my CV at the links below:
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