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Migration Governance in Times of COVID-19

Introduction Migration governance is a system of rules, regulatory frameworks, and policy tools for a viable migration strategy. It is also a policy mechanism instituted to govern the multiple facets of migration and human mobility dynamics in an integrated and holistic manner. Furthermore, migration governance is a system drawn up to promote viable policy instruments that result in good and tangible practical outcomes in different dimensions of migration. More specifically, and from a practical point of view, the system of migration governance is essentially geared towards minimizing the negative effects of migration while maximizing its benefits. Still, governing migration and its related issues remains a daunting task. This is certainly the case in times of relative stability; however, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, with its major social and economic upheavals, has exposed a number of the deficiencies in the system. The crisis has made it harder for the system to work in a modest manner. Its overwhelming impact on countries has also made it more difficult for governments to meet their obligations with regards to the Global Compact for Migration (GCM2 ) goals. In certain instances, this has resulted in the breakdown of the migration governance system, at least temporarily. This is because the migration governance system is

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