IOM blog post - "Ensuring Migration Benefits Development"

Oct 04, 2017
JMDI Focus area:
Migration and Local Governance
This recent International Organization for Migration (IOM) blog post by Cecile Riallant calls for a more comprehensive approach in understanding the migration and development nexus – one that is conscious of the ways in which migration affects and is affected by all areas of governance and is informed by the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Ms. Riallant argues that if such a mutli-sector and multi-level approach is not adapted, it will be difficult to truly ensure that ‘no one is left behind.’ In order to develop this desired policy coherence is to integrate migration into development and other governance policies and particularly recognise the importance of working at the local level where the realities of migration are felt most acutely. As a result of the targeted support provided by the JMDI to local and regional authorities in order to harness the development potential of migration, some of the impactful work of the JMDI was highlighted. For example, under the JMDI supported project in Ecuador, the provincial governments of Pichincha and Imbabura created ‘Human Mobility Units’ to strengthen mainstreaming efforts as well as provide targeted services to migrants and displaced persons. This innovate involvement of the provincial governments has subsequently encouraged the adoption of a new National Law on Human Mobility that acknowledges the importance of work at the territorial level. Thus, these mainstreaming efforts help to promote the realization of the SDGs and is essential aspect to be incorporated in the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

Access the blog here.


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