Report on the compendium of principles, good practices and policies on safe, orderly and regular migration in line with international human rights law

5 October 2017
To the HRC at its thirty-sixth session, 11-29 September 2017


The report provides a non-exhaustive compilation of legal standards and other authoritative guidance, such as general comments and the reports of special procedures, joint commitments made by States through declarations and other agreements, as well as guidelines and tools produced by United Nation entities and other international organizations. It makes particular reference to the six thematic areas that have guided consultations in the preparatory process for the development of a global compact on migration.

The report concludes with the High Commissioner’s recommendation that the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration must above all be migrant-centred, human rights-based and gender-responsive. That would facilitate safe, orderly and regular migration, ensure social inclusion, and guarantee alignment with the overarching aims of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to leave no one behind and to reach those furthest behind first. The international human rights framework represents the normative foundation upon which the global compact for migration should be built.

Inputs received

The text of most submissions received can be found below:


Regional organizations

  • Council of Europe

Intergovernmental organizations

Civil society