Migration and the 2030 Agenda: A Guide for Practitioners


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Migration and the 2030 Agenda: Guide for practitioners


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes migration as a core development consideration — marking the first time that migration is explicitly integrated into the global development agenda. Implementation of the SDGs provides an opportunity to protect and empower mobile populations to fulfil their development potential and benefit individuals, communities and countries around the world. But the migration-SDG connections reach far beyond just implementing migration policies, and entail integrating migration across governance sectors.

It is within this context that IOM has developed the "Migration and the 2030 Agenda: A Guide for Practitioners" which aims to help policymakers integrate migration into local and national development planning by equipping states and development actors with relevant guidance and tools to better understand the migration-SDG connections and to take practical action to integrate migration into SDG implementation in partnership with all relevant actors. This was developed in consultation with relevant UN partners and funded by the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation within the context of the Mainstreaming Migration into National Development Strategies programme.

The guide contains a thematic exploration of direct and indirect connections to migrations throughout the SDGs and their targets, and operational guidance for implementing migration aspects of the SDGs. This operational guidance follows a flexible and adaptable step-by-step process, going through several phases of the implementation process: kick-off, prioritization, implementation and monitoring & reporting.


It is accompanied with two complementary tools that illustrate the linkages between migration and the SDGs: (I) a comprehensive booklet which outlines the linkages between migration and each SDG (EN FR ES) and (II) a poster which summarizes these linkages (EN FR ES).

The publication including the booklet and poster is available in English, French and Spanish. The publication has also been translated into Chinese and Russian (please contact migration4development@iom.int to access the Russian version).