Consular and diaspora diplomacy

Consular diplomacy (affairs) is related to the protection of the state’s interests as well as the interests of its citizens and legal entities in the host country. It includes strengthening and developing relations between diaspora and the home country in the fields of economy, investments, culture, and education. 

An important segment of consular affairs is activities on issuing travel visas to the citizens of the host country and travel documents to its own citizens.

Migration produces diasporas. According to International Organization for Migration, it is estimated there are more than 280 million  international migrants in the world. 

Today diasporas are active in international affairs. The interconnected areas of providing citizens with consular services, and working with the diaspora, are now priorities in international affairs.

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An honorary consul in the pandemic

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Training and courses

Resources

1991

Consular Law and Practice, 2nd edn

The author of this book is a member of the US State Department's Senior Executive Service, Chairman of the International Law Association Committee on the Legal Status of Refugees, and Adjunct Professor of Law at the American University. It is not a new book but is stil... Read more...

2011

Diaspora Diplomacy: Philippine Migration and its Soft Power Influences

Diaspora Diplomacy: Philippine Migration and its Soft Power Influences is about the remarkable and untapped soft power that international migrants possess and how various sectors-from governments, NGOs, business, and international organizations- could tap this valuable... Read more...