Comte, Emmanuel. ‘Between Realism and Fairness: Reflection To Help the United Nations Face the Global Migration Challenge,’ CIDOB Report 6 (September 2020).
For the 75th anniversary of the United Nations in 2020, the Secretary-General and former long-term High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, has called for proposals on the “kind of future [that] we want to create” and on the ways “to bridge the gap” between that future and the current world (UN, 2020). This policy brief addresses this long-term question for the case of migration. After describing today’s unprecedented level of coercive restrictions against migrants from less developed countries and what common principles of justice would propose, this policy brief presents a few intermediary actions that the UN could consider.