The third edition of the Situation Report on International Migration comes at a time of unprecedented levels of international migration in the Arab region. The region hosts over 38 million migrants and refugees and around 15 million internally displaced persons. At the same time, over 29 million people from Arab countries are living outside of their countries of origin.
Given the inherent transboundary and cross-regional nature of international migration, coordinated and complex responses are as needed as ever. In December 2018, with the historic adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), the Member States of the United Nations committed to put people at the heart of migration governance and to boost migration’s positive development outcomes. This report marks a key moment when countries set off to implement the objectives agreed upon in the GCM. It presents the latest regionalized data analysis on migration trends and patterns, provides an update on migration related policy developments in the Arab region, and outlines priority areas for progress to ensure that migration works for all.