4 Steps: Implementing Migration for the SDGs

Policymakers and other practitioners can use these 4 Steps as a guide to ensure the development potential of migration is considered and mainstreamed in all relevant efforts to achieve the SDGs. While primarily targeted to national and local government authorities, all practitioners can use these steps as a starting point for integrating migration into SDG-related activities. Click on the steps below for concrete examples of actions aiming to enhance migration governance in support of the SDGs.


There are many possible approaches to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals and targets. The process outlined in the following steps does not need to be carried out sequentially and not every step will be relevant to each implementation process. Implementing bodies are encouraged to adapt this process to fit their unique context. While carrying out any of these steps, here are some tips to consider:

  • Engage with wider SDG implementation: Actions to implement the migration-related aspects of the 2030 Agenda must not occur in silos. It is important to achieve the greatest possible level of coherence with other SDG strategies and processes taking place within government.
  • Engage vertically: Engagement with the 2030 Agenda is critical for all levels of government. While the SDGs are global, their achievement will depend on how effectively sustainable and inclusive development strategies are implemented at sub-national levels.
  • Engage horizontally: Migration has complex relationships with different governance sectors. To address these appropriately and work towards sustainable and well-managed migration governance, governments should take a cross-sectoral approach.
  • Engage stakeholders: All implementation efforts should take a multi-stakeholder approach as far as possible. Inclusivity and multi-stakeholder collaboration are crucial to realizing the SDGs, especially regarding migration. Ensuring all steps of the process include different perspectives will help make migration interventions more effective and sustainable.

Access the full Implementation Section in the guide here.