RoundTable 1 - Coordinated responses to mixed movements: Partnerships and collective action to collect rights
RT 1.1 Providing regular pathways from crisis to safety
The goal of this roundtable is to identify and share concrete measures by governments and other stakeholders to facilitate access to safe passage for people who are forced or compelled to leave their homes, vulnerable groups in particular, and provide access to legal status in the country of destination. This discussion is to take stock of the range of policy options, and concrete measures governments have taken to respond to mixed movement situations, facilitate safe passage for people fleeing crisis situations (including those seeking a way out of other situations of vulnerability), provide access to asylum or alternative legal status and analyze the experience made through resettlement and complementary pathways. Issues for consideration will include questions of documentation and identification, reception procedures, including for groups in vulnerable conditions such as unaccompanied or separated children, persons with disabilities, persons with serious health concerns, survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, and victims of trafficking and other crimes, access to shelter and health services, and family tracing and reunification. Questions of coordination and cooperation at regional, national and local levels, among governments, with non-state actors and people on the move, will be a critical consideration throughout.
- What existing and/or new regular pathways can be used and, where necessary, adapted by governments to facilitate safe, orderly and regular migration and mobility of migrants in situations of heightened vulnerability?
- How can the complementary application of the GCR and the GCM support State and multi-stakeholder responses to address mixed movement situations?
- Why do governments choose to grant alternative legal status besides asylum/refugee status? What forms of legal status/stay have been provided by States and on what basis? What are the costs and benefits of such arrangements?
- How have governments and non-state actors dealt with questions of (lack of) documentation and identification in crisis situations? Why is coordination on this matter important?
- What procedures have governments put in place to ensure safe reception and accommodation of newcomers and to safeguard the rights of particularly vulnerable groups? What role do international and non-governmental partners and volunteers play?
- What kinds of mechanisms at various levels (regional, national, sub-national) have governments and other stakeholders used to facilitate a coordinated response in situations of large movements? What lessons have they learned?