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October 06, 2005

The road to nowhere

The Global Commission on International Migration's report set out to change minds about a key 21st-century challenge. An instructive failure, writes Gregory A Maniatis of the Migration Policy Institute.

The Global Commission on International Migration (GCIM), launched in December 2003, is an ambitious attempt to mobilise political and public attention on migration. It owes its existence primarily to the will of one man, Jan Karlsson, an admired former migration minister in Sweden. Try though he did, Karlsson could not persuade Kofi Annan to make this a United Nations initiative.

Gregory A Maniatis reports.

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