Refugee Protection and Mixed Migration: the 10-Point Plan in Action

Protection Manuals, 1 December 2012

As part of its mandate, UNHCR is engaged in the various protection issues that emerge from the intersection between international migration and refugee protection. UNHCR’s key tool is the 10-Point Plan of Action on Refugee Protection and Mixed Migration. The 10-Point Plan was issued in 2006 to assist States in developing comprehensive and “protection-sensitive” asylum and migration strategies. The 10-Point Plan framework and methodology have since formed the basis for the development of integrated regional strategies which address irregular “mixed movements” in all of their complexity.

UNHCR has further developed a compilation of practical examples, entitled the 10-Point Plan in Action, to highlight a range of practical tools developed across each of the areas of the 10-Point Plan in different countries and regions. The Compilation contains nearly 200 practical examples from approximately 100 different countries, chosen for the specific contribution they make towards achieving the objectives of the 10-Point Plan: developing migration strategies that address the sovereignty and security concerns of States, but that also consider the needs and rights of all persons involved in mixed movements. The examples are not “best practices” as such. However they illustrate how States and other actors are endeavoring to grapple with the difficult challenges posed by mixed movements, while seeking to find the proper balance between national interests and international responsibilities.

This Compilation is a living document. It will continue to be updated periodically.

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