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Mainstreaming Migration into Development Planning: A Handbook for Policy-makers and Practitioners

This Handbook, initiated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and further developed with the contributions of the Global Migration Group (GMG), is the result of a collaborative and fruitful cooperation between the 16 GMG agencies. 

The Handbook is divided into three main sections. The first section gives a migration and development overview – delineating how migration and development are linked and demonstrating the potential benefits of mainstreaming migration into development planning. The second section outlines processes for mainstreaming migration into development planning and describes the institutional structures and policy frameworks that need to be put into place in order to effectively integrate migration into the development planning cycle. The final section of the Handbook is intended to be a reference section, offering ideas as well as inspiration for action. This section provides a compilation of migration and development program experiences and ideas that illustrate how migration can be used to promote development in a practical way, through programmes, interventions and projects.

To assist the reader develop a more in depth understanding of the issues, several annexes are included in the Handbook, containing supplemental reference material. Complementary training materials and additional tools to aid the operationalization of the Handbook will be developed by the IOM and UNDP co-chaired Working Group of the GMG in due course.

Date of Publication
Type of Resource
Source / Publisher
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
The Global Migration Group (GMG)
Geographic Scope
Workstream Output
Regional Review Process
GCM Objectives
Cross Cutting Theme
International cooperation
National sovereignty
Rule of law and due process
Sustainable development
Human rights
Whole-of-government approach
Whole-of-society approach

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