Migration and the 2030 Agenda: A Guide for Practitioners

9 October 2018 - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, Launched Guide to Harness Migration’s Positive Contribution to Sustainable Development


At the 2018 International Dialogue on Migration in Geneva, IOM launched a new guide for government actors to harness migration's positive contribution toward the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Migration and the 2030 Agenda: A Guide for Practitioners, published on 9 October 2018, aims to help policymakers integrate migration into local and national development planning in relation to the SDGs.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes migration as a core development consideration — marking the first time that migration is explicitly integrated into the global development agenda. Implementation of the SDGs provides an opportunity to protect and empower mobile populations to fulfil their development potential and benefit individuals, communities and countries around the world. But the migration-SDG connections reach far beyond just implementing migration policies, and entail integrating migration across governance sectors.



"This guide is a breakthrough as it enables policymakers to seize the tremendous opportunity brought by the inclusion of migration in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and to systematically connect migration and development policies moving forward," said Cécile Riallant, IOM Senior Migration and Development Specialist.

“Effective migration governance is a key success factor for the achievement of the SDGs. Many SDG targets can only be achieved if migration and migrants are considered. This guide equips states and development actors with relevant guidance and tools to better understand the migration-SDG connections and to take practical action to integrate migration into SDG implementation,” she added.



The publication is available in English, in French and in Spanish. It is accompanied with two complementary tools that helps illustrate the linkages between migration and the SDGs: (i) a comprehensive booklet which outlines the linkages between migration and each SDG (EN / FR / ES) and (ii) a poster which summarizes these linkages (EN FR ES).


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