All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration

Event: Reflections on how the New Plan for Immigration sets the UK up for its global responsibilities

About the event: The UK has been a supporter of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) since its framing and adoption in 2018. The global compact comprises 10 key principles and 23 objectives for better managing migration at local, national, regional, and global levels, and can be a useful tool and framework for parliamentarians to consult as they consider future migration policies in the UK context.

With the recent publication of the Government’s New Plan for Immigration, this is an important moment to reflect on the options for safe and regular routes to the UK, and to broaden the scope of discussion to also consider how migrant vulnerabilities can be reduced at origin and in transit.

This discussion hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration and jointly organised by RAMP and the International Organization for Migration took place on 7th July. The event explored the opportunities to draw from a multilateral framework such as the Global Compact for Migration to better inform UK migration policy and programming.

You can find more information on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration on IOM UK website at this link.

Chaired by David Simmonds MP with panellists:

  • Paul Blomfield, Member of Parliament for Sheffield Central

  • Daniel Hobbs, Director for Asylum, Protection & Enforcement, Home Office

  • Paul Whittingham, Deputy Director, Head of Migration Department, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

  • Jonathan Prentice, Head of the UN Network on Migration Secretariat

  • Sarah Elliot, Legal Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees