Well-managed migration can enhance the development of both countries of origin and destination, and can be beneficial for the migrants themselves as well as their families. But achieving safe, orderly and regular migration requires strong international cooperation and partnerships.
We’re working with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to build back better from the COVID19 pandemic and accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
Migration and sustainable development are interconnected. Through the Mainstreaming Migration into International Cooperation and Development (MMICD) project, we’re working to strengthen the process of integrating migration into our work in a manner that:
- Harnesses the development potential of migration;
- Ensures that risks and opportunities are fully assessed;
- Makes development cooperation more coherent and effective.
COVID-19 has exacerbated pre-existing inequalities. For many of the most vulnerable people, it is a crisis on top of a crisis. Together with IOM, as part of the MMICD project, we’re working to strengthen our understanding of the needs of returnees in Nepal to ensure migrants can contribute to the recovery.
Every year, thousands of migrants embark on dangerous journeys to cross the Mediterranean, many with little knowledge of the risks ahead. Through the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration, we are saving lives and building partnerships for sustainable reintegration. “Migrants who are among the most dynamic and most active members of a community can become extremely important actors for social and economic change,” says EU Ambassador to Libya, José Antonio Sabadell.
The Global Compact on Migration is the first international agreement on migration, helping make migration safer for everyone by promoting security, development and human rights. We’re helping turn that commitment into action in Iraq, supporting the development of the country’s first ever National Migration Strategy. This will help create the political, economic, social and environmental conditions for people to live peaceful, productive and sustainable lives.
A city's sustainable development depends on a number of factors. Through the 'Inclusive Cities, Communities of Solidarity' project, we’re working with IOM, UN Habitat and UN Refugees to show that migrants and refugees can make a real contribution to socio-economic and cultural diversity in their host cities and communities across Latin America. The project seeks to help build strategies that local authorities can implement to promote intercultural dialogue, social cohesion and integration, boosting socio-economic opportunities for the population as a whole.
With a far-region partnership spanning all regions of the world, the EU and IOM are addressing the common challenges of the current COVID 19 crisis, as well as global challenges like climate change, while upholding human dignity and rights. Positive progress for all is possible. Together, we are working to ensure that no one is left behind.