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Remittances in ACP Countries: Key Challenges and Ways Forward

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JMDI's guidelines on mainstreaming migration into local development planning

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Success Stories


JMDI case studies on good practices, lessons learnt and recommendations

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IOM's efforts in the area of migration and development with the EU and in the region focus mainly on mainstreaming migration into international cooperation and development policies, and supporting qualified diaspora engagement in the countries of destination to foster development of their respective countries of origin through skills and knowledge transfer.

IOM RO Brussels is also supporting the ACP-EU Dialogue on Migration through a dedicated Action, while also working to highlight the close positive correlation between integration success in countries of destination and the capacity of migrants to significantly contribute to the development of a country of origin, thereby ensuring strong links between programming in these service areas.













Mainstreaming Migration into International Cooperation and Development Policies

Migration mainstreaming has been recognized as an important factor in achieving international development targets since 2005. Today, migration is reflected in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants which expresses the political will of world leaders to save lives, protect rights and share responsibility on a global scale. Furthermore, the EU’s 2017 European Consensus on Development makes the link between migration and the environment, in addition to reiterating the 2030 Agenda challenge to ensure inclusive and sustainable growth to address root causes of irregular migration and forced displacement.

Building on this momentum, IOM is working with the European Commision's Europaid/DG DEVCO to implement a project  that aims to strengthen the mainstreaming of migration into international cooperation and development policies.

The project is developing practical guidelines and training on how to mainstream migration into international cooperation and development in nine different development sectors.  These guidelines will be piloted in three partner countries.  The piloting will include sensitization to the importance of mainstreaming migration, capacity-building, and provision of tools and technical assistance to mainstream migration in the selected development sectors.

The programme is funded by the European Union and will be running from 2017–2021.

For more information please read our  >> Project Brief <<



Supporting the ACP-EU Dialogue and Cooperation on Migration and Development | the ACP-EU Migration Action
Launched in July 2014 for a 42 month period, the IOM implemented ACP-EU Migration Action aims to support the ACP-EU Dialogue on Migration through the provision of demand-driven technical assistance (on visas, remittances, readmission, trafficking in human beings and smuggling of migrants), support to local non-state actors and collection and dissemination of information.  Its activities are open to the 79 ACP countries based on the requests for support from governments and regional organizations.

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RO Brussels is also active in capacity-building on migration and development for various actors, and facilitating knowledge and practice-exchange networks. An example of this work is the innovative inter-agency EC-UN Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) programme implemented by the UN Development Programme in Brussels in partnership with the EU, IOM, UNHCR, the UN Population Fund and the International Labour Organization. The JMDI reflects the acceptance of and growing interest in the strong links between Migration and Development (M&D) and aims to support civil society organizations and local authorities in countries of origin, transit and destination to effectively harness the potential of migration for development.

Here are the two most recent publications:

  • Success Stories – JMDI has published a collection of "Success Stories", which contains a series of JMDI case studies on good practices, lessons learnt and recommendations built on the results and lessons learnt from the JMDI supported projects in eight target countries: Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Philippines, Morocco, Nepal, Senegal, and Tunisia.
  • Guidelines on Mainstreaming Migration into Local Development Planning JMDI has published “Guidelines on Mainstreaming Migration into Local development planning” to assist local and regional authorities in enhancing their efforts to mainstream migration into all governance areas for enhanced policy coherence in migration and development

Visit the JMDI Website

EC-UN Joint Migration and Development Initiative


Migration Central to the Debates at this Year's European Development Days 2017 / #EDD17

05 June 2017-- IOM Special Advisor to the Director General, Gervais Appave, and Regional Director Eugenio Ambrosi led IOM’s extensive participation at this year’s EU flagship development event, the “European Development Days” (EDD) 2017 held at the Tour & Taxis in Brussels from 06-07 June.

Mr. Appave participated Thursday (07/6) morning in the high-level panel tackling to issues of development funding and the root causes of migration. The high level panel will headline a series of debates and workshops with IOM involvement at the EDD drawing attention to the role of migration in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

On Wednesday (06/6) morning Mr. Ambrosi participated in a debate lab organized by IOM on the development potential of legal migration and mobility between the EU and Africa: "Maximising the development potential of legal migration and mobility".

For the full who, what, where, when information about the EDDs,

the UN Stand, IOM & migration panels, labs and interviews:

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Migration and forced displacement in the debate at European Development Days 2016

IOM DDG Laura Thompson at EDD2015 Photo credit: EUAddressing migration's potential in supporting the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

15-16 June 2016 – IOM Deputy Director General Laura Thompson took part on Wednesday (15/06) in a high-level panel on migration and forced displacement at the two-day “European Development Days” (EDD) event in Brussels.

The panel headlined a series of debates and workshops with IOM involvement at the EDD drawing attention to the role of migration in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as an essential and  positive force.  

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South South Migration Network

South-South migration network: A knowledge hub on South-South migration

In line with the recommendations from international fora such as the Global Forum on Migration and Development and the UN High Level on Migration and Development, the South-South migration network aims to build bridges among researchers, practitioners and policymakers interested in the multiple aspects of South-South mobility.

The network functions as a virtual platform for the exchange of information and knowledge on South-South migration by recording and disseminating information, publications, news, events and conferences. It is meant to serve as a hub to connect people, institutions and knowledge on South-South migration and promote dialogue among experts.

Up-and-coming topics such as environmentally-induced migration and social and cultural transfers will be given special attention to keep the network abreast of the latest developments in the migration and development arena. The promotion of evidence-based initiatives and improved research and data management also remain at the core of the South-South migration network.

As the leading institution on migration and member of the South-South migration network, IOM will host and facilitate the network’s main web interface here on the IOM EEA Regional website. Exchange of information will also be promoted through social network platforms.

The South-South Migration Network builds on the expertise developed by the ACP Observatory on Migration and the network that it promoted.

Visit the South-South Migration Network Page