Conference on Migrants and Cities Side-Event: Launch of joint JMDI/IOM study on Mainstreaming Migration into Local Development Planning and Beyond


Mon, 10/26/2015

Type of event

Jmdi Events

Thematic area

Local Authorities

Lead organisation


The Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) is pleased to announce the launch of a White Paper on ‘Mainstreaming Migration into Development Planning and Beyond’, developed in co-operation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), at the upcoming IOM Conference on Migration and Cities on 26-27th October, Geneva and on the occasion of a dedicated side event which will take place Monday 26 October.

Building upon the increasing recognition of the positive contribution of migrants towards inclusive growth and sustainable development in the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, this study is the result of the JMDI and the IOM joined expertise in a effort to provide a thorough analysis of what has been done thus far in terms of mainstreaming migration at the local level and allows for a stock-tacking of functioning practices to paint a global picture of working processes, lessons learnt and policy recommendations for future mainstreaming exercises.

The importance of local authorities in developing and implementing Migration and Development (M&D) policies and initiatives, as well as in driving integration processes, is increasingly recognized at the global level. At the same time, the process of integrating migration within policy design and planning, known as the “mainstreaming” process, is increasingly perceived as key in addressing issues related to migration as well as in building on all the opportunities brought by it. This process is based on the recognition of the wide range of policy areas that affect and are affected by migration, and on the subsequent building of coherence among concerned policies and actors. Although mainstreaming processes are now mainly addressed at the national level, their translation and application at the local level is increasingly considered as a crucial aspect in view of maximizing the potential of migration for development. Indeed, several territories around the globe have initiated such coherence-building processes in the recent years, and therefore their experiences constitute a precious knowledge-base in terms of good practices and lessons learnt.

It is within this context that the White Paper was aimed at analysing and comparing different existing mainstreaming initiatives, synthetizing the main features of these, identifying the good practices and lessons learnt and providing a set of policy recommendations for a wide variety of stakeholders, including local and regional authorities. Moreover, the White Paper has consolidated the main migration mainstreaming processes at the local level into a visual aid that serves as a basis for further mainstreaming exercises. 

The high-level Conference on Migrants and Cities is organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) within the framework of its principal forum for migration policy dialogue, the International Dialogue on Migration (IDM). The conference will also be marked with the occasion of the launch of IOM’s flagship publication, the World Migration Report 2015: Migrants and Cities: New Partnerships to Manage Mobility.  

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The White Paper on ‘Mainstreaming Migration into Development Planning and Beyond’ is now available. You can download it below.