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Migration and border policy links: Myanmar, global compact on migration, DACA and more

This weeks links include the crisis in Myanmar, ongoing preparations for the global compact on migration and the end of the DACA program in the US.

Rohingya Muslims wait to cross Myanmar border to enter Bangladesh at Mingdu, Myanmar. (Photo by Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/Getty Images)
Rohingya Muslims wait to cross Myanmar border to enter Bangladesh at Mingdu, Myanmar. (Photo by Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/Getty Images)
Published 7 Sep 2017   Follow @rebuckland

  • Over 125,000 Rohingya refugees are estimated to be fleeing conflict and persecution in Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh. Meanwhile, reports indicate that the Indian government is preparing to deport the country’s undocumented Rohingya population.
  • The European Court of Justice has dismissed the action brought by Slovakia and Hungary against the Council of the European Union’s provisional mechanism that sought to impose mandatory asylum seeker relocation quotas on EU states.
  • Médecins Sans Frontières has called for the United Kingdom to end its support for arbitrary detention of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Libya.
  • Writing for the Middle East Institute, Madeline Gleeson discusses the possibility of creating a regional framework on refugee protection in the Asia-Pacific.
  • The fifth thematic session of the UN General Assembly preparatory process for a global compact on migration took place in Vienna this week. Focusing on combatting smuggling, trafficking and contemporary forms of slavery, the session featured a speech from Australian delegate, Ambassador Andrew Goldezinowski. Research Professor Jorgan Carling reflects on the session and offers his response to the Ambassador’s comments here.
  • The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has recently published Anouar Boukhar’s paper on smuggling, radicalisation, social discontent and fragility in Tunisia’s border regions.
  • In a letter published in Foreign Affairs, Jérôme Tubiana discusses the migrant smuggling routes between Niger and Libya.
  • President Trump has ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). Brookings Institute’s Andrew M Perry criticises this move.
  • Reflecting on the re-emergence of sanctuary cities, the Hastings Center’s Nancy Berlinger ponders the impact of extending ‘social citizenship’ to migrants.
  • The Center for Global Development has published the 2017 Commitment to Development Index. Click here to compare the migration policies of the world’s richest countries.

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