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Integrating Rule of Law: New Solutions to the Global Displacement Crisis

With a record 65 million people currently displaced within and across national borders, and displacement becoming increasingly prolonged, forced migration cannot be addressed solely as a short-term humanitarian problem. Nor, in our interconnected world, can any country pretend to solve the problem by merely tightening its borders. Meeting the modern challenges of migration and displacement will require new, humane solutions. Arising from an issue paper and a conference “When People Flee: Rule of Law and Forced Migration,” the ABA Rule of Law Initiative has developed policy recommendations and a framework of four rule of law approaches to inform the drafters of two new global compacts on migrants and refugees, the U.S. government, and a range of humanitarian and development actors.