Operationalising returns in the global compact on refugees

The Global Compact on Refugees provides an important opportunity to define how state commitments to voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable returns can be translated into concrete, actionable measures on the ground. While the principles of voluntariness, safety, dignity, and sustainability have long been recognized as critical components of any refugee return process, a gap in the refugee protection regime has persisted. The position paper explains why the Global Compact on Refugees is an important opportunity to close this gap and solidify these principles in standardized operational procedures. Also, it provides measures for safeguards and support for repatriation for both host countries and countries of origin.