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Kate Gough is a research associate supporting the work of Michael Clemens and Cindy Huang on migration and forced displacement. Prior to joining CGD in May 2017, she worked with the International Organization for Migration’s Office to the United Nations, and later in defense policy research. While earning her bachelor's in political science at Southern Methodist University, Gough conducted field research and reporting on migration across the US border from Central America and Mexico, and conducted field research on the impact of Syrian refugee migration on Jordanian political security.
Countries have seized a window of opportunity to address migration realities now and in the future—and next year is crunch time. An ambitious, non-binding process (political, not legal), the Global Compact marks an opportunity for states to commit to new, fresh thinking and renewed assurances around safe, orderly, and regular migration.
Ensuring refugees have access to livelihoods opportunities is one of the key factors to broader stability. When refugees are allowed to contribute meaningfully to the economy, they gain self-reliance and economic security. Creating sustainable livelihoods, providing the right to work and to own a business, and creatively bringing refugees and native businesses into the formal economy can be steps in the right direction.
The world urgently needs innovation to shape how international migration happens. Today people who are forcibly displaced are seen and treated largely as a burden, not as a resource that can bring shared benefits. A new type of private-public partnership can offer new opportunity for some of those who are forcibly displaced. It can be called a Global Skill Partnership, and this note illustrates how it might work for Syrians displaced into Turkey.