Swiss Migration Partnerships: A Model for Bilateral Cooperation?

Do migration partnerships improve policy and institutional coherence? Do they help countries to promote the positive effects that migration can have while addressing its challenges constructively? Do they reflect an even balance of power between partner countries? Are they a potential model for bilateral cooperation on migration?

These were some of the questions explored in a recent evaluation of the Swiss migration partnerships by researchers at UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance. The findings of the evaluation point to the added-value of migration partnerships as a tool for bilateral cooperation through their promotion of reciprocal relationships, policy and institutional coherence, and holistic approaches to migration.

Featuring case studies on partnerships with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia, Nigeria and Tunisia, this policy brief outlines a number of findings and recommendations for migration policymakers in Switzerland and third countries. Click here for the full policy brief:


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