Prof. Patrick Taran

Patrick A. Taran is a globally recognized specialist on international migration with a focus on migration governance and protection of migrants, with 42 years of full-time professional operational experience in migration, immigration, refugee resettlement and discrimination/integration as well as development, human rights and social work at local, national and global levels. He has played leading roles in developing technical cooperation, capacity building and advisory services on migration governance in Africa and Eurasia; promoting entry into force of the International Convention on the protection of rights of migrants; producing practical guidance materials, research studies and academic literature; obtaining national implementation of international legal standards; and facilitating cooperation among governments, international organizations and civil society. He co-authored/co-edited seven books and has written more than 200 articles, reports, research papers and policy briefs. Patrick Taran has been President of Global Migration Policy Associates since 2011, was Senior Migration Specialist at the ILO 2000-2011 and Secretary for Migration at the World Council of Churches 1990- 98. He co-founded and directed the South American Refugee Program in Seattle-1976-1980. He was co-founder of the Committee for US Action on Asylum Concerns (1985); Migrants Rights International (1994); the Global Ecumenical Network on Refugees and Migration (1995); and the Steering Committee for the global campaign on the migrants rights conventions (1998).


  • Practitioners Handbook, Cities Welcoming Migrants and Refugees. UNESCO-ECCARGMPA. Patrick Taran and Olga Kadysheva. Forthcoming 2018.

  • Promoting a Rights-based Approach to Migration, Health, and HIV and AIDS: A Framework for Action. ILO, Geneva, 140 pages. Lead author with GMPA team. Pre-release December 2017.–en/index.htm

  • Cities Welcoming Refugees and Migrants: Enhancing effective urban governance in an age of migration. UNESCO with European Coalition of Cities Against Racism (ECCAR) and GMPA. Paris, 2016. 90 pages. Lead co-author with Gabriela Neves de Lima & Olga Kadysheva.

  • Migrants and Refugees Have Rights: Impact of EU Policies on Accessing Protection. Caritas Europa Brussels. 2016. 74 pages. Lead author with Evalyn Tennant, Arnaud Bertrin and Beier Lin.

  • Handbook for Parliamentarians: Migration, Human Rights and Governance. InterParliamentary Union (IPU) with ILO, OHCHR, Geneva, 2015. 196 pages. Lead co-author with Ryszard Cholewinski & Lee Swepston.

  • Youth and Migration, Challenges and Opportunities. UNICEF/Global Migration Group (GMG) online book. New York, 2014. 200+pages. Co-editor with Jeronimo Cortina and Alison Raphael; authored/co-authored 3 chapters, on employment, participation, & social protection.

  • “Globalization, Migration and Labour: Imperatives for a Rights-Based Policy» in Journal of Globalization Studies, Vol 2 no. 1, Uchitel, Moscow, 2011.

  • Strengthening Migration Governance. ILO-OSCE. Geneva, Vienna. 2010. 142 pages. Contributing editor.  Refugee Survey Quarterly: Volume 28, Number 4, Special Issue on Human Rights and Mobility. Oxford University Press. 2010. Co-edited with Dr Ryszard Cholewinski; co-authored lead article: Migration, Governance and Human Rights: Contemporary Dilemmas in the Era of Globalization.

  • International Migration, Social Cohesion and Development: An Integrated Approach. Council of Europe, Strasbourg 2009. 192 pages. Lead writer & Coordinating Editor

  • Globalización, migraciones y derechos humanos: desafíos para el desarrollo y la cohesión social en Políticas migratorias y derechos humanos. Universidad Nacional de Lanús, Argentina. 2009.

  • Handbook on Establishing Effective Labour Migration Policies, Mediterranean edition. OSCE-IOM-ILO. 2007. 263 pages. Contributing co-editor. 3

  • Clashing Worlds; Imperatives for a Rights-Based Approach to Labour Migration in the Age of Globalization in Globalization, migration and human rights: International Law under Review. Bruylant, Brussels. 2007.

  • Globalization/Migration: Imperatives for Civil Society and International Organizations in Irregular Migration. Barbara Bougusz, Ryszard Cholewinski et al (eds), Netherlands 2004.

  • Getting at the Roots: Stopping Exploitation of Migrant Workers by Organized Crime. ILO Perspectives on Labour Migration #1. Geneva, 2003. Co-author with Gloria Moreno-Fontes.

  • A Moment to Choose, A Resource Book on Uprooted People. World Council of Churches, Geneva. 1996. 90 pages. Co-authored with Helene Moussa.

  • Fulfilling the Promise (Guidebook on immigrant regularization). Church World Service, New York. 1987. 147 pages.

  • Afghanistan, A Portrait. Church World Service, New York. 1982. 36 pages

  • 200+ policy briefs and conference papers, booklets, articles, public statements, speech texts