Global Forum on Migration and Development



Time: 28 June - 1st July
Location: Berlin, Germany

The 10th Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Summit meeting will take place in Berlin from 28 – 30 June 2017. Held at the Federal Foreign Office, the event will aim to move “Towards a Global Social Contract on Migration and Development”.

This theme signals the urgent need to address and balance the interests of migrants and their countries of origin, transit and destination within the framework of safe, regular and orderly migration. It also reflects different governance levels – addressing national, international and cooperative strategies – and aims to develop an increased understanding by including all stakeholders in the forum.

The GFMD 2017 debates will be structured around three sub-themes, spread over six round tables:

  1. Migration and Development through National Strategies: Enhancing the effectiveness of domestic policies
    Roundtable 1.1: Tools and Safeguards for Policy Coherence – Finding the right policy mix to balance different interests and objectives
    Roundtable 1.2: From Global Agenda to Implementation – National action plans for migration-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  2. Migration and Development through Multilateral and Bilateral Partnerships: Creating perspectives for inclusive development
    Roundtable 2.1: Moving Beyond Emergencies – Creating development solutions to the mutual benefit of host and origin communities and displaced persons
    Roundtable 2.2: Fostering the development impact of returned migrant
  3. Migration and Development: Finding strategies beyond the state
    Roundtable 3.1: Raising the Global Talent Pool – Harnessing the potential of the private sector for global skills partnerships
    Roundtable 3.2: Strengthening Cooperation – Enabling civil society contributions in migrant integration

A Common Space and a Business Mechanism during the Forum meeting will ensure dialogue among civil society, business actors and government representatives. The GFMD Civil Society Days will take place on Thursday 28 June and Saturday 1 July.

You can find more info on the GFMD 2017-2018 here, and the Provisional calendar of activities here.