Fostering Interlinkages Between Migrant Reintegration and Sustainable Development Programmes
Related Sustainable Development Goals and Global Compact for Migration Objectives
The EU-IOM Knowledge Management Hub (KMH)'s second issue of the Sustainable Reintegration Knowledge Paper Series focuses on the interlinkages between sustainable development and reintegration. This second Knowledge Paper provides ideas and practical information to reintegration and development practitioners on how reintegration and development programmes can be better connected to increase the sustainability of migrant reintegration and to maximize the impact of reintegration on sustainable development. Presenting several field projects implemented by IOM, FAO and other UN Agencies, GIZ and governments, the paper examines how programmes can maximize the positive mutual impact of sustainable development and reintegration through interventions at the individual, community and structural level, and how programmes can be designed and partnerships established to pursue sustainable reintegration and sustainable development.
The paper explores:
- At the structural level, how engaging all relevant stakeholders, establishing interinstitutional and cross-sectoral coordination mechanisms, and elaborating and aligning policies, plans and programmes on reintegration and sustainable development, can contribute to better connecting sustainable development and reintegration.
- At the community level, how community-based interventions can generate jobs and livelihoods for returnees and community members, improve access to services and social cohesion, and contribute to adaptation to the impact of climate change and environmental degradation in communities.
- At the individual level, how synergies between reintegration and development programmes allow increasing or improving support to returnees, while the development potential of individual returnees can also be leveraged through their reintegration assistance process.
Finally, the paper provides recommendations and calls on all relevant stakeholders to do more to connect sustainable development and reintegration.
What is the Knowledge Paper Series?
The Knowledge Papers Series, launched in April 2021, aims at focusing on aspects of migrant reintegration that have been largely under-researched, not implemented to their full potential, or that have consistently been identified in reintegration programmes’ evaluations as gaps or opportunities.
The development and production of this series is supported by the KMH, which was established in September 2017 under the Pilot Action on Voluntary Return and Sustainable, Community-based Reintegration, funded by the European Union.
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