A Global Action Platform for Forced Migration: A Proposal for the Global Compact on Refugees

The need for a better system of responsibility-sharing is widely recognized. Former SRSG Peter Sutherland aptly noted that the current situation is one of “responsibility by proximity,” with the vast majority of refugees remaining indefinitely in countries of first asylum. The practice that has evolved is that third countries in the developed world will provide (inadequate) funding for refugee operations in developing states and offer resettlement to a very small proportion of the world’s refugees. No formal norms define responsibility-sharing obligations; no institutions or structures establish or implement predictable responsibility-sharing plans.
T. Alexander Aleinikoff Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility Experts Group Working Paper Download