Case study #9: The key role of academia in supporting the mainstreaming of migration into local development planning

Thematic area: Mainstreaming migration into local development planning

Key words: Awareness-raising, multi-stakeholder partnership, data collection, capacity building

This case study looks at how schools, education centres and universities can support local and regional authorities integrate migration into the education and research sector as part of a broader process of mainstreaming migration into local development planning. Mainstreaming migration and local development issues into school programmes and academic activities can enhance understanding and awareness of both negative and positive aspects of migration and better prepare prospective migrants in order to enhance the development potential of migration. This also fosters the awareness and capacities of academia on the importance of research in this area that will feed into enhanced local and national policy making in migration and development in general.

This case is based on the experience of the region of Bicol, Philippines, where the regional government engaged academia for the creation of a support system within the academic and school institutions to respond to the needs of children of migrants, generate local migration data, and bring more awareness to youth and children on the risks and benefits of migration and how this is linked to development.

To learn more about the Philippines, consult the country profile. To learn more about the project itself, consult the project profile.

Access the full case study here (available in English, will be available in French and Spanish soon).