Labour Market Realism and the Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees

19 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2019

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Philip Martin

University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Martin Ruhs

Migration Policy Centre (MPC), European University Institute (EUI)

Date Written: March 2019

Abstract

The Global Compacts on Migration (GCM) and Refugees (GCR) include policy recommendations that aim to increase opportunities for legal labour migration, improve protections for migrant workers, and provide refugees with ‘complementary pathways’ to enhanced protection via labour mobility. This paper explains why there are large gaps between these policy recommendations and the labour market policies and realities in the countries that host most of the world’s migrant workers. These gaps between ideals and realities are likely to limit the effective implementation of the GCM/GCR recommendations on labour migration. More ‘labour market realism’ is needed to incrementally but effectively improve protections for migrant workers.

Keywords: global compacts, migrant workers, refugees, complementary pathways

Suggested Citation

Martin, Philip and Ruhs, Martin, Labour Market Realism and the Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees (March 2019). Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Research Paper No. RSCAS 2019/23, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3362247 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3362247

Philip Martin (Contact Author)

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Martin Ruhs

Migration Policy Centre (MPC), European University Institute (EUI) ( email )

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