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Mainstreaming Migration into International Cooperation and Development (MMICD)

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The relationship between migration and sustainable development has been recognised in various international agreements, most notably the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This offers an opportunity to comprehensively address the impact that migration has on key development sectors – such as employment, urban development and environment and climate – and vice versa.

Integrating migration into development programmes and projects not only supports the inclusion of migrants so that ‘no one is left behind’, but also enhances development cooperation interventions by:

  • harnessing the development potential of migration;
  • ensuring that risks and opportunities are fully assessed; and
  • making development cooperation more coherent and effective.  

Key information

Total budget
EUR 2 700 000.00
EU contribution
EUR 2 700 000.00
December 2016 to July 2022
Implementing organisation
International Organization for Migration
Funding instrument
Development Cooperation Instrument


Under the “Mainstreaming Migration into International Cooperation and Development” (MMICD) project, IOM is working with the European Commission’s Directorate–General for International Partnerships (DG INTPA) to improve the integration of migration into development cooperation.

Through this, IOM is leading the development of a series of tools to support development partners to integrate migration at different stages of the project cycle.

Specific objectives are to:

  1. strengthen the process of integrating migration into the international cooperation and development policy of the EU, other donors and partners;
  2. increase awareness and support the efforts of partner countries to integrate migration in their development policy. 


Guidelines and training for mainstreaming migration into international cooperation are being developed, with a focus on 9 important sectors:

  • Education
  • Environment and climate change
  • Health
  • Employment
  • Governance
  • Rural development
  • Private sector development and trade
  • Security
  • Urban development

They are being piloted into 3 partner countries - Ecuador, Madagascar, Nepal – focusing on 2 key selected sectors per country. Ad hoc technical assistance is also being provided to improve coherence and understanding of how migration mainstreaming can help improve sustainable development outcomes.

IOM mainstreaming migration project