PopDigests Policy Briefs Discussion Papers Policy Insights Books and Reports Yearbook Related Content News - MEA scientist Dr. Stefan Gruber join 'Ach, Mensch' Podcast to discuss intro-European migration Event - High self-selection of Ukrainian refugees in European host countries Books and Reports - Post-Separation Residential Mobility Among Immigrant-Native Mixed Couples. A Matter of Relative Bargaining Positions Within Households? Pop Digest - Will we ever see them again? Books and Reports - Migration Research in a Digitized World Pop Digest - Did the COVID-19 pandemic cause an urban exodus? Policy Brief Vulnerability A buzzword or a standard for migration governance? Document Download Population & Policy Compact 20/2019 (1.26 MB) Image Key messages: ‘Vulnerability’ is increasingly becoming a commonly used term within the legal and policy discourse on asylum and migration. It serves as a tool that guides the implementation of legal and policy frameworks in a way that addresses specific needs and prevents the emergence of new ones. ‘Vulnerability’ has the advantage of contextualizing migration policy, since it draws attention to the concrete experiences lived by migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. ‘Vulnerability’ has hidden exclusionary effects. Such exclusionary effects may become problematic if they amount to a restriction on accessing existing rights. There is no common or systematic understanding of the ‘vulnerabilities’ faced by migrants, refugees and asylum seekers and of their evolution over time, indicating a need for interdisciplinary research. References: Atak, I., Nakache, D., Guild, E., Crépeau, F. (2018). “Migrants in vulnerable situations” and the Global Compact for Safe Orderly and Regular Migration. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 273/2018, Queen Mary University of London. ECRE (2017). Vulnerability in European asylum procedures: New AIDA comparative report. Available at: https://www.ecre.org/vulnerability-in-european-asylum-procedures-new-aida-comparative-report/. Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. New York, 13 July 2018, United Nations. IOM (2017). International Dialogue on Migration 2017. Understanding migrant vulnerabilities: A solution-based approach towards a global compact that reduces vulnerabilities and empowers migrants. Background paper. 18-19 July 2017. Palais des Nations, Geneva. Available at: https://www.iom.int/international-dialogue-migration-2017-understanding-migrant-vulnerabilities-solution-based-approach. Médecins du Monde (n.d.): European Network to reduce vulnerabilities in health. Available at: https://mdmeuroblog.wordpress.com/about/vulnerabilities/. UNCHR (2011). UNHCR Resettlement Handbook. Geneva, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Available at: http://www.unhcr.org/46f7c0ee2.html. Author(s) Leboeuf Hruschka Source Hruschka, C. & Leboeuf, L. (2019): Vulnerability: A Buzzword or a Standard for Migration Governance? Population & Policy Compact 20, Berlin: Max Planck Society/Population Europe.