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​Durable Solutions (​Newsletter)​

Women, men, girls and boys who are forced to leave their home have to adjust to a new environment, find ways to earn their living while trying to stay healthy and safe. They have the universal right to a durable solution, be it through return, resettlement or local integration. According to the IASC Framework on Durable Solutions, ‘a durable solution is achieved when people who were internally displaced (as well as forcibly displaced persons in general) no longer have any specific assistance and protection needs and can enjoy their human rights without discrimination on account of their displacement status’.
In order for solutions to be sustainable and adapted to the context, they need to be nationally owned and locally led involving humanitarian, development and peace actors. This Newsletter features insights from different actors on ways to support efforts towards Durable Solutions in specific contexts and provides access to resources and tools. Durable solutions are also an important topic dealt with in the recent Report by the High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement (see online​) which was launched on September 29th, 2021.

Private Sector E​​​​ngagement in Migration

Private sector actors play an increasingly important role in addressing migration related challenges and in harnessing the benefits of migration. They act as service providers, as employers and job creators for migrants and forcibly displaced persons, support governments in governing migration and have important leverage in influencing migration-related policies. This newsletter provides an overview of how private sector actors can engage in different stages of the migration cycle and what needs to be considered to foster meaningful and functioning partnerships with business.​
The newsletter also presents concrete private sector initiatives and collaborations in the field of fair and ethical recruitment as well as skills development creating win-win situations for migrants and the private sector.

​Gender & Migration - Dossier and Newsletters

Power relations, gender norms and unequal rights shape the migration choices and experiences of women and men. Gender therefore needs to be considered in all aspects of our work related to migration and forced displacement.
​To shed some light on the topic, the SDC Network on Migration and Gender decided to launch a call for contribution on gender, migration and forced displacement. Numerous articles and resources have reached us demonstrating the vivid interest of network members and friends in the issue. Enjoy the reading of the newsletters and the online dossier.

New thematic aid: leave no one behind and migration​​

Migration is an opportunity to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals – to leave no on behind. Listening to and understanding the poorest and disadvantaged men and women is a central promise of the Agenda 2030 and includes the specific needs of migrants. The SDC “Leave No One Behind” Thematic Working Aid on Migration clarifies specific vulnerabilities and how migrants can be at risk of being left behind. It also lays out that migration can be a poverty reduction tool and where the poverty-reduction potential of migration can be found.

See other thematic working aids (also in French) in the Poverty-Wellbeing Shareweb.​

Abolition of the Kafal​​a system in Qatar – A major step toward better working conditions of migrants

With the adoption of two new laws, Qatar has taken important steps towards improved labor and living conditions for labor migrants in the country. The newly introduced laws dismantle the Kafala system and establish a minimum wage for all workers. Migrant workers can now change jobs before the end of their contract without first having to obtain a so-called “No Objection Certificate” from their employer. This new law, together with the removal of exit permit requirements earlier this year, abolishes the Kafala or sponsorship system.

In addition, Qatar set a minimum monthly wage of 1,000 Qatari riyals (equals USD 275), which will apply to all workers, of all nationalities and in all sectors, including domestic work. Employers must also ensure that workers have decent accommodation and food. The ILO and Switzerland among other actors have been in close dialogue on this matter with the Government of Qatar and welcome the action taken.

Learn more in the ILO media release »

Working Tool o​​n Vocational Skills Development and Migration​​

Vocational skills development (VSD) supports individual development and is a powerful tool to integrate migrants and forcibly displaced populations into local economies and societies. The better educated and trained migrants are, the more they can take advantage of the opportunities migration offers and the greater the benefits for both countries of destination as well as countries of origin.  Migration and VSD are both important topics of the Dispatch on Switzerland’s International Cooperation 2021-24. This working tool brings the two topics together. It offers a structured analysis process that helps you to better integrate migrants into your VSD programs, or to use VSD as an intervention strategy in migration projects. The tool was developed jointly by the SDC Networks Employment and Income as well as Migration and Development.​

Download Tool »​

Newsbrief Special edition: COVID-19 & Mi​​​gration​

Thank you all for the valuable c​​ontributions to this newsbrief which focuses on COVID-19 and migration. We are regularly adding your contributions to the shareweb. Please note that on the dedicated COVID-19 page, we have created sub-themes with specialized resources on: Health impact of COVID-19 on migrantsLabor migration and COVID-19 and Forced displacement and COVID-19

Read newsbrief »​

May 2020 / ​Muriel Gschwend, Focal Point SDC Network on Migration and Development​

Switzerland and UK launch Call to Action «Remittances in Crisis: How to Keep them​​ Flowing»​​

The Call to Action “Remittances in Crisis: How to Keep them Flowing” is an initiative jointly launched on May 22, 2020 by the Governments of Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The aim of this Call to Action is to raise awareness and call on different stakeholders in the remittances sector to take measures in order to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on remittance flows. The predicted decline in remittances will not only threaten the livelihoods of millions of people relying on remittances as a lifeline, but may also cause a setback for the fragile economies of many developing and emerging countries.  Learn more »​

How my life has changed since COVID-19 has ​​arrived in Cox Bazaar, Bangladesh​

Nur Khalima, a 20 year old Rohingya refugee from Bangladesh has built up some resilience and happiness despite her difficult situation. COVID-19 has set her back to being destitute again. ​ Read story »​

May 2020 /  Helvetas

​CO​VID-19 and PROTECTION in a protracted refu​​gee ​​​​crisis​ 

How does COVID-19 increase protection risks for refugees and host communities in Cox Baazar, Bangladesh? The article summarizes the major changes in the situation. Interviews were held just before the first cases were reported inside the camps, and before the latest storm hit, depicting an already grave situation. Learn more »

May 2020 ​/  Esther Marthaler, Helvetas​

​Cou​​nting Urban Refugees ​​During Covid-19 ​

Arua Municipality estimates that self-settled urban refugees make up 24% of its total population. Despite this large figure, refugees are not included in the national census and there have been challenges in documenting them at the municipal level. This is true for secondary cities across Uganda (and even the capital Kampala has only estimates of its true number of urban refugees). This lack of data makes it very difficult for cities to adequately plan and provide for all their residents, and results in increasing pressure on public services including health and education. And, in times of emergency like this, it becomes even harder to understand the level of support needed and where those in need actually reside. Learn more »

May 2020 /  Florence Lozet, Cities Alliance & Evan Easton-Calabria, Oxford Refugee Studies Centre​

​A partnership to support migrant w​​​orkers in Kuwait during the COVID-19 c​risis

With migrant workers bearing the brunt of the unfolding pandemic in Kuwait, the ILO through an SDC-funded initiative called the FAIRWAY Programme – is partnering with the International Domestic Workers’ Federation and local civil society organization, Sandigan Kuwait, to give support and hope to thousands of migrant workers in the country.​ Learn​ more »

May 2020 /  Fairway Project /  Kagan Sophie, ILO

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The private sector’s contribution to the dialogue on​​ migration

Issues of workforce mobility, skills and labour market needs matching, fair recruitment and decent work conditions, social welfare and public perception are matters of public and business policy. Governments and the private sector have a shared responsibility to identify labour migration policy solutions that A) allow governments to exert their regulatory mandate, B) are adequately flexible and responsive to business needs, and C) ensure the protection of labour migrants at all skill levels. The private sector will therefore engage with governments through the GFMD Business Mechanism.  Learn more »
Stéphanie Winet, GFMD Business Mechanism Liaison Adviser, International Organisation of Employers (IOE), Geneva​

mdplatform.ch back from Dhaka and on the road to B​erlin

The Swiss Civil Society Platform on Migration and Development (mdplatform.ch) participated last December in the 2016 GFMD civil society days in Dhaka and ​in the preceding People’s Global Action. It took this opportunity to organise a side event to the GFMD 2016 in order to share on its already acquired experience and exchange with other national civil society platforms on “the role, potential and strategies of national civil society platforms on influencing migration policy”. Learn more »​
Pascal Fendrich & Aeberhard Peter, Coordinators, Swiss Civil Society on Migration and Development​​ (mdplatform.ch)

What do we want for children in the Global Compacts?

An Initiative “Child Rights in the Global Compacts” co-chaired by Terre des Hommes and Save the Children aiming to ensure the global compact on safe orderly and regular migration and the global compact on refugees are adopted in 2018 with coherent and harmonised child focused goals, targets and indicators similar to, and in line with, the 2030 Agenda. The process includes the elaboration by experts of a “Child Rights in the Global Compacts working document” (available end of June 2017), a “Global Conference on Children on the Move” in Berlin 12th - 13th June 2017 and a “follow up strategy”. Learn more »​
Ignacio Packer​, Secretary General, Terre des Hommes IF

Making Integration work: experiences f​​rom Morocco, Turkey and Germany​

“Making integration work: experiences from Morocco, Turkey and Germany” – this was the theme of the Integration Strategy Group (ISG), a transnational reflection group initiated in the course of the GIZ project “Strengthening selected municipalities in the management of migration”. ISG’s aim is to bring together actors from Germany, Morocco and Turkey in order to exchange ideas on different aspects of integration and to share successful integration practices. After holding workshops in Berlin, Istanbul and Rabat, ISG’s results were presented during an international conference in Rabat. Learn more »
​​Isabel Küppers, Advisor GIZ, Marocco

Now available: M&D Working Aid by SDC Western Balkans

The Western Balkans Division of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) developed a basic Working Aid for Swiss Migration and Development cooperation initiatives and activities, supporting conceptual orientation on how to link migration with development, based on c​oncrete experiences in the Western Balkans. The Working Aid may also be helpful for practitioners in other geographical settings. Learn more »​
Regula Bäbler, R​​egional Adv​isor Migration and Development and Irène Kränzlin, Programme Officer Western Balkans Division

NCFRMI hosted the Second Annual National Migration Dialogue in Nig​​eria 

SDC supported the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) to host the second annual national migration dialogue in Nigeria. The Conference of the National Migration Dialogue was conducted on the 20th -21st December, 2016. The event which was declared open by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo (GCON) representing the President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) drew a variety of participants: representatives from the gov​ernment, UN Agencies, international Organizations and Civil Society Organizations. Learn more »​
Matthias Ehidiamhen Esene, Mig​​ration ​​​Programme Officer, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), Abuja​

ILO Asia Pacific labour conference to enhanc​e labour migration governance in Asia and Arab​​​​​ States

The Declaration signed by delegates from 37 mem​ber States in the Asia-Pacific and Arab States region commits members to enhancing labour migration policies based on relevant international labour standards. Learn more »​
H​​​ans Van de G​​lind, Senior Migration Specialist for Arab States​, ILO Beirut​​


“Silent support” for designing development-sensitive migration policies in ​Turkey

Turkey, one of the most critical migration countries in the world and former chair of the GFMD significantly enhanced its development perspective in addressing migration issues during the Sessiz Destek project. The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), in cooperation with the Directorate General of Migration Management​ of Turkey (DGMM), has successfully concluded its migration and development project in Turkey called “Support of a Development-sensitive and Coherent Turkish Migration Policy” (short name Sessiz Destek). Learn more »​
Marion Noack, Project manager,  International Centre for ​​Migration Policy Development, Vienna​

Pre-​​GFMD Civil society consultation held i​n Sri Lanka in December, 2016

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation together with the Solidarity Centre, Sri Lanka organised a pre-GFMD civil society Consultation on 1st December, 2016 with a view to obtaining inputs from indivi​duals and civil society organisations working at the grassroots level for the protection of the rights of migrant workers and their families. Learn more »​
Minoli Don, Project Officer ​​- Knowledge Management, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, Sri Lanka​​​​

Request for Proposals: Synthesizing Evidence to Understa​​nd if Remittances Reach the Poorest

The Climate Policy Team of the World Bank in partnership with the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) is commissioning a paper on synthesizing evidence to understand if remittances reach the poorest; its impact on resilience of the poorest; and lessons learned in the context of climate change.  This paper will inform the work underway in a flagship report on “Climate Change, Migration and Securing Resilience” being led by the Climate Policy Team.  Deadline for submitting proposals is January 2, 2017. Read full article by Hanspeter Wyss »


Call for Papers: Impacts of Refugees and IDPs ​on Host Countries and Host Communities

Nearly 65 million persons were forcibly displaced worldwide – within and across borders – due to conflict and persecution at the end of 2015. Forced displacement is not only a humanitarian issue, but also has important economic, social, political, and environmental impacts on the places of origin and destination. The development impacts of forced displacement, however, remain poorly understood. Therefore, a number of case studies have recently been undertaken by the World Bank, UNHCR, independent researchers, and other actors. This call for papers aims to capture further ongoing work in this growing field of impact assessments.Read full article by Hanspeter Wyss »


Climate Change & Environment ​​and Migration

26.4 million people have been newly displaced each year by sudden-onset disasters such as flooding, storms and earthquakes during the last couple of years. The effects of gradual changes are likely to have an even greater impact on the movement of people in the future than extreme events. Learn more, download Nexus brief and watch video»


KNOMAD Study “Refugees’ Right to Work​​​​ and Access to Labor Markets – An Assessment”

For refugees, the right to work is vital for reducing vulnerability, enhancing resilience, and securing dignity. Harnessing refugees’ skills can also benefit local economic activity and national development. But there are many obstacles. Based on a sample of 20 countries hosting 70 percent of the world’s refugees, the KNOMAD Study by Roger Zetter and Héloïse Ruaudel investigates the role and impact of legal and normative provisions providing and protecting refugees’ right to work within the 1951 Refugee Convention as well as from the perspective of nonsignatory states. Read more »
Hanspeter Wyss, Senior Program Officer, Washington DC, KNOMAD, World Bank

Smart Phones  Applications and Migrant Work​ers Rights in Kuwait  

It is now possible for migrant workers through a single click via their phones to know their legal rights and seek legal help if they need it. Through their phones which are connected to the Internet, they can access the "Electronic Platform" in six different languages or they can download the platform application to know their entire local and global legal rights of their labour issues. The Kuwait Society for Human Rights collaborated with the Dutch embassy in Kuwait for the implementation of this important human rights project, which is called "Together … to educate migrant workers on their rights in Kuwait”. The project "seeks to find the knowledge structure in the workers by raising their awareness of their rights through the languages they use and providing them with legal advice to reduce abuses against them." Read more »
Sahl Al-Gunaid, Projects and Programs Manager, Kuwait Society for Human Rights

Migrants matter to cities and for sustainable ​urban development

Shortly after mayors deliberated on the difference that cities can make in the lives of migrants at the third Global Mayoral Forum on Human Mobility, Migration and Development in Quezon City, the New Urban Agenda was adopted by UN Member States in Quito at Habitat III with an explicit commitment to strengthen cities in their role for migration. Read more »
Bettina Etter, Program Officer, GPMD, GPMD/SDC, Bern

HELVETAS Regional Workshop on M&D in ​​South Asia

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation took the opportunity of the upcoming GFMD 2016 in Dhaka, to organise an internal workshop on M&D, with a focus on South Asian dynamics, in Kathmandu, Nepal in the first week of October 2016. The workshop gathered more than 25 participants of different HELVETAS country programmes (Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) and partner organisations from the regions, who are active at national and regional levels. The aim was to build a common understanding of M&D and to learn from and exchange on existing project and country experiences. Read more »
Katrin Rosenberg, Claudia Paixão, Pascal Fendrich, Advisor in Migration and Development, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation

SDC and the ILO launch the Regional Fair Migration​ Project in the Middle East

The ILO, with the support of SDC, has launched a new regional labour migration project to promote fair migration and address forced labour and trafficking for labour exploitation. The project – titled Regional Fair Migration Project in the Middle East (FAIRWAY) – focuses on the plight of the most vulnerable workers: those in domestic and construction work. Following the online launch on 7 September, FAIRWAY implemented its first regional meeting - a planning workshop with civil society organizations from Lebanon and Jordan to discuss campaign strategies targeting employers of domestic workers. Read more »
Sophia Kagan, Chief Technical Adviser, FAIRWAY Project, International Labour Organization (ILO) Office for Arab States, Beirut

DTP and MFA Building Civil Society Capacity for Advo​cacy in Bangladesh

Bangladesh, like other South Asian countries, is a country of origin for migrant workers. This five-module program follows similar country-level programs in Nepal and Sri Lanka in 2013/14 and 2015 respectively. The focus of the country-level programs are strengthening advocacy capacity of civil society, and building more effective and collaborative networks among advocates to influence government and the private sector. Read more »
Amish Karki, Migrant Workers Program Coordinator, Diplomacy Training Program, UNSW, Sydney, Australia

Partnering with Media to Protect and Promote Migran​​ts Rights

The media fellowship program of Panos South Asia brings together journalists who work to protect and promote the rights of migrants, and offers them a platform to exchange and learn, including through workshops and study visits. This program is supported by SDC as part of a comprehensive decent work programme in South and South East Asia. Read full field story »
Shabarinath Nair, Regional Advisor for Migration and Development, SDC

Empowerment Activities for Migrant Domestic Work​ers and Victims of Human Trafficking ​

Amel Association provided certificates to 75 migrant domestic workers benefitting from empowerment activities and services that aim at enhancing working and living conditions in Lebanon. Read full field story »
Zeina Mohanna, Program Coordinator, Amel Association International

Building Contact between Immigrants and H​ost Communities is Vital to Integration

With human mobility likely to increase, new evidence-based action is needed to counter surrounding prejudices and anxieties that threaten integration prospects. This article shows how building contact between natives and immigrants has a strong empirical track record in improving attitudes and in creating demand for better social policies. Contact can be an effective tool yielding benefits for all stakeholders by providing more fertile ground for integration. Read full article »
Jonas Bergmann, Consultant, and Hanspeter Wyss, Senior Program Officer, Washington DC, KNOMAD - World Bank

Human trafficking: only well-informed migrants are prot​ected migrants!

“Powerful migrants are those who are well-informed” – this was the conclusion during the GIZ gender week in Berlin. Experts from the government, civil society and intergovernmental organizations took the current discussion on migration as a starting point and highlighted gender-specific aspects of migration.  The panelists focused on specific dangers, to which both genders are exposed differently, and in particular the problem of human trafficking.
In a following panel, representatives from the German Ministry for economic cooperation and development (BMZ) and the German Development Agency (GIZ) looked at the aforementioned conclusions from the experts’ panel from a development perspective. Read full article »
Pia Honerath, Advisor for Migration and Development, GIZ

UN Summit for Refugees a​nd Migrants

On September 19th the 193 UN member states unanimously adopted a political declaration to address the challenges of large movements of refugees and migrants. This document contains numerous measures to prevent forced displacement, to better protect displaced persons and to enhance their self-reliance while taking into consideration also the needs of host communities. Read full article »
Pietro Mona, Deputy Head, Global Program Migration & Development, SDC Bern

Forum cinfo 2016 “A journey through int​​ernational cooperation" 28.10.2016

The Forum cinfo is the only event in Switzerland focused on the job market of international cooperation, and it provides both experienced and entry-level professionals the opportunity to exchange with the Swiss government, NGOs, UN organisations and international financial institutions (IFIs), educational institutions, foundations and private sector actors. The program of the forum includes events and discussions about working in international cooperation (IC), work-life balance, particularly in fragile contexts; about profiles of the future and how competencies, when acquired in the field can be transferred back in Switzerland. Learn more »  apply »

Global Media Competition on “Br​​​​eaking Stereotypes on Labour Migration” - open for submissions until 31st October 2016

This media campaign, organized by ILO aims to recognize exemplary media coverage on labour migration. This is the second ILO media competition following last year's Reporting Fairly on Migration. The competition started 14 September and ends on 31 October 2016. Professional journalists are invited to submit one piece of their work to one of the two following categories: Written articles (online or print articles) and Videos/multimedia. Articles should not exceed 2000 and videos/multimedia should not be longer than 5 minutes. Submissions must have been created and published between 1 January 2015 and 31 October 2016 to qualify. Submitted entries should cover labour migration-related issues.Entries are accepted in three languages: English, French, and Spanish. Entries in other languages will be accepted provided there is a translation in one of the three languages mentioned. Learn more »    Entry Form »

Migration and the SDGs: Launch of ODI paper on migration and health

Migration is one of the defining features of the 21st century and can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For this to happen, we need a better understanding of the relationships between migration and key development issues – such as health, education, gender, labour and urbanisation. ODI, with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, is exploring these issues in a series of eight policy briefs throughout 2016 and 2017. The briefs are part of ODI’s work on ‘Leave no one behind: the first 1000 days of the SDGs’. Read more »
  Overseas Development Institute ODI

Call for Civil Society to contribute to a Glo​bal Online Consultation

It is our pleasure to inform you that the Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) - jointly with  the Global Coalition on MigrationKNOMAD of the World Bank  and UNITAR – has launched a Global Online Consultation on the Role of Civil Society in Supporting City Leadership in Implementing Migration Policies for Development. Read more »
Joint Migration and Development Initiative, UNDP in collaboration with IOM, ITC-ILO, UNITAR, UNHCR, UNFPA and UN Women, Brussels, BelgiumUNDP in collaboration with IOM, ITC-ILO, UNITAR, UNHCR, UNFPA and UN Women, Brussels, Belgium

Migration and the Sustainable Developme​​​nt Goals: Launch of ODI paper

Migration is one of the defining features of the 21st century and can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For this to happen, we need a better understanding of the relationships between migration and key development issues – such as health, education, gender, labour and urbanisation. ODI, with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, is exploring these issues in a series of eight policy briefs throughout 2016 and 2017. The briefs are part of ODI’s work on ‘Leave no one behind: the first 1000 days of the SDGs’. Read more »
  Overseas Development Institute ODI

Global Meeting on Migration ​​​and Development 2016 - Report

Some 70 people working in the area of international cooperation as well as migration and development (M&D) met at the Global Meeting on Migration and Development on 25 – 27 May in Charmey. The meeting presented an opportunity for them to exchange on practices and perspectives, establish common ground, and strengthen a global network for a pragmatic and result-oriented implementation of the 2030 Agenda, recognizing migration as an important factor for sustainable development. For more details please download the full report (PDF) or visit the website http://mdglobalmeeting2016.org
Yvonne Diallo-Sahli and Simone Fehr, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC
Pascal Fendrich, Claudia Paixão and Cesar Robles, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
​15.07 2016

Service hubs in rur​al Nepal

The Government of Nepal has no decentralized service points for labour migrants. Systematic information on safer migration is not available in the districts. So in order to get a labour permit or to lodge a complaint one has to travel to Kathmandu and stay in the city until the paper-work is done. This makes the migration process more expensive. The SDC-funded Safer Migration project now runs Information Centers in 18 districts to promote safer migration and to enable civil society and local government to provide relevant services to migrants. Read more »
Barbara Weyermann, Programme Manager, Swiss Cooperation Office Nepal

Regional F2F on Migration and ​Development in Moldova

The event brought together participants from five countries, including Swiss delegates. Migration and Local Development was particularly addressed. Global and Swiss political frameworks were presented. The Moldovan experience was showcased. Read more »
Radu Danii, National Program Officer, Migration and Development, Swiss Cooperation Office Chisinau, Moldova

DTP helps build capacity for migrant wo​rkers’ rights advocates in the Middle East

Under the long term partnership between the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) in the Middle East (ME), several workshops have been conducted in collaboration with Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) bringing together activists, NGOs, government officials and representatives from the private sector in the region. The workshops aim to build the knowledge, skills and networks of representatives from civil society organizations and the private sector to enable more effective work on protecting and promoting the human rights of migrant workers in the ME. Read more »
Petroc Wilton, Journalist- Volunteer, The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP)

​​Migration & Development · Global Meeting 2016

The SDC Migration Network is hosting a global meeting on Migration & Development on the 25-27 May 2016 in Charmey (Switzerland) with the objective of furthering collaboration and synergies for the implementation of the migration dimension of the 2030 Agenda. With the recognition of migration as an important factor for sustainable development in the 2030 Agenda, we have for the first time ever globally accepted and nationally applicable targets on migration and development. This meeting will attempt to link what works by experience with what matters by conviction and evidence. Please note, sign up for the event has completed. Learn more about the event »

New KNOMAD Migration and Developm​​ent Brief

This month, a new migration and development brief, “Migration and Remittances – Recent Developments and Outlook” (download pdf), has been published by the World Bank’s KNOMAD. The paper comprises chapters on trends, the Sustainable Development Goals as well as special part entitled “How Migration and Remittances Help Cope with Natural Disasters and Epidemics”. “Remittances to developing countries grew only marginally in 2015, as weak oil prices and other factors strained the earnings of international migrants and their ability to send money home to their families. Officially recorded remittances to developing countries amounted to $431.6 billion in 2015, an increase of 0.4 percent over $430 billion in 2014. The growth pace in 2015 was the slowest since the global financial crisis.” (KNOMAD, 2016). Learn more about KNOMAD »

Clelia : finding peace and livelihood in bead-weaving, Ibarra, Ecuador

Fleeing the violence of Colombia, Clelia has benefited from the support of the Prefecture of Imbabura to set up her own livelihood and contribute to the local development of Ibarra. Read more »
Joint Migration and Development Initiative, UNDP in collaboration with IOM, ITC-ILO, UNITAR, UNHCR, UNFPA and UN Women, Brussels, BelgiumUNDP in collaboration with IOM, ITC-ILO, UNITAR, UNHCR, UNFPA and UN Women, Brussels, Belgium

Meriam : access to rights and stabil​​ity in ​​Souss Massa, Morocco

Thanks to the creation of Migrant Assistance Offices by local authorities and diaspora associations of Souss Mass, Meriam, a 70 year old woman widowed of her migrant husband was able to assert her rights. Read more »
Joint Migration and Development Initiative, UNDP in collaboration with IOM, ITC-ILO, UNITAR, UNHCR, UNFPA and UN Women, Brussels, BelgiumUNDP in collaboration with IOM, ITC-ILO, UNITAR, UNHCR, UNFPA and UN Women, Brussels, Belgium

The Expatriates Welfare and Overseas E​mployment Policy approved in Bangladesh

The cabinet, on 25 January 2016 approved the draft of the "Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Policy 2016" with a view to ensuring and encouraging safe migration and protection of migrants and their families. The policy was drafted with the technical support of the International labour Organization (ILO) and financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).  Read more »
Nazia Haider, Senior Programme Officer, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Bangladesh 

Activités pilotes migration and dé​​veloppement local au nord Bénin -  Bilan Intermédiaire

Dans l’édition de juillet 2015, HELVETAS Bénin présentait le contexte migratoire de sa zone prioritaire d’intervention au Bénin, le département du Borgou, ainsi que les activités pilotes identifiées afin de mieux intégrer la mobilité dans son programme. Pour lire l'article complet »
Anja Seiler, Chargée d’étude M&D, Parakou, Benin , HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation

Building resilient communities through Bangon Western Visayas project under the Migration and Development Initiative in the Philippines​​

The article presents the three projects on disaster risk reduction and building resilient communities that were affected by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. With the support of the overseas Filipinos through a collective remittance process, as well as with the assistance of the local governments and civil society organizations in the affected communities, the projects will provide a water source, a common service facility and an eco-tourism venture in Western Visayas, Philippines. Read more »
Golda Myra R. Roma, Philippine Focal Point for Joint Migration and Development Initiative, Manila, Philippines

Construire une « Communauté de Dével​​oppement Solidaire »

Pour répondre à la double mutation de la diaspora et de son territoire d’intervention et réinventer son modèle d’intervention, l’association Migrations & Développement mène depuis plus d’un an le projet de création de Communautés de Développement Solidaire (CDS). Pour lire l'article complet »
Aouatif El Fakir, Administratrice, Association Migrations & Développement

A Place where Success Stories a​​re Women

How cooperation between a local community and the diaspora, with support of the Government of Switzerland, led to opening a textile company and providing jobs for ten employees. Read more »
Azra Sarenkapa, Program Officer for Migration, Embassy of Switzerland Bosnia and Herzegovina

Enabling Stronger Voices from the Und​​erground in Southern Africa

IOM Mozambique has been strengthening the knowledge, organizational and technical capacities of human rights defenders to better represent migrant mine workers and their families in Southern Africa.  Read more »
Katharina Schnöring, Chief of Mission IOM Mozambique, Jason Theede, Program Manager Labour Migration

Remittances sent to and from refugees ​and IDPs: a barely understood phenomenon

KNOMAD workshop and new GIZ project in Jordan shedding light on the dynamics
In fragile contexts, sending and receiving money transfers from friends and family can become an important – and even vital – issue. Such remittance dynamics can be complex since refugee and internally displaced person (IDP) populations are often more dispersed than economic migrant groups and money typically flows in many different directions. On the one hand, refugees, asylum seekers and IDPs that have recently arrived to a new region or country often need support to start a new life and work (if that is allowed) or simply maintain themselves in a difficult and new situation. Read more »
Lotte Nordhus, Advisor, Sector Project Migration and Development, GIZ, GmbH, Eschborn

Quels enjeux migratoires au Niger​ ?

Dans un contexte mondial fortement mobilisé par la migration, l’Afrique subsaharienne suscite désormais les intérêts et les inquiétudes des principaux pays occidentaux. Au centre de cette préoccupation, le Niger focalise toutes les attentions, dès lors qu’Agadez devient un  lieu de transit incontournable pour gagner l’occident. Une fois de plus l’histoire de cette région semble à nouveau liée à la mobilité de ses populations. Dans un contexte en pleine évolution, où les angoisses des uns paraissent sans commune mesure d'avec la pauvreté et les nécessités des autres, une réflexion sur la prise en compte de cette thématique dans les politiques de développement, parait incontournable. Pour lire l'article complet »   
Régis Blanc, Consultant - Chargé d’étude Migration, Niamey (Niger), Direction du DDC Suisse

Afropolitains  - the new​​ kids on th​e block

This story looks at the role Afropolitains  - the young urban diaspora – can play in shaping tomorrow’s cities. Read more »
Alice Hertzog, Doctoral Candidate, ETH Zürich

Supporting City-to-City E​​xchange Towards Applied Innovation:

Cities are at the forefront of integrating newcomers, and they often do so without the support and resources needed. The UN system and related organizations are acting as institutional partners supporting city administrations to develop the technical capacities, enabling dialogue amongst different levels of governance and bringing voice to city leadership that shares a progressive view of greater human mobility. UNITAR, JMDI, the World Bank KNOMAD have initiated the annual Mayoral Forum on Mobility, Migration and Development to foster exchange of experiences and the development of new initiatives. Read more »
Colleen Thouez, Senior Advisor, Training and Research, UNITAR Geneva

The missing link in migration for development –​​ the local dimension

The global approach to migration and development remains mostly framed at the national level. Yet in a global context of increasing human mobility, urbanization and decentralization, it is local authorities that are finding themselves at the forefront of managing both the positive and negative impacts of migration. Recognizing this, the Joint Migration and Development Initiative has shared their experience in supporting local authorities’ and other local actors to successfully manage migration for local development and calls for states to acknowledge their key role in migration and development. Read more »
Joint Migration and Development Initiative, UNDP in collaboration with IOM, ITC-ILO, UNITAR, UNHCR, UNFPA and UN Women, Brussels, BelgiumUNDP in collaboration with IOM, ITC-ILO, UNITAR, UNHCR, UNFPA and UN Women, Brussels, Belgium

"Reporting Fairly on Labour Migration" – ILO’s​​​​ first global media competition

On the occasion of International Migrants Day, ILO and its partners announced the results of their global media competition “Reporting Fairly on Labour Migration”. A total of 258 entries were submitted from around the world. A panel of independent judges from leading media outlets determined the winners in the “Professional Journalist” and “Citizen Journalist” categories. ILO’s new Integrated Programme on Fair Recruitment (FAIR), funded by SDC, supported the competition. Visit the website (click here) to learn more about the competition and to have a look at the winning contributions. Read more »
Hélène Harroff-Tavel, Technical Officer, Labour Migration Branch, ILO Geneva

​​Protecting a Stateless Generation

Protection issues are crosscutting within the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals. In Jordan, local NGO ARDD-Legal Aid works with refugee communities to ensure that they are accessing their rights under Jordanian Law. Living under a new legal system has presented refugee populations with many problems due to a lack of awareness. Through partnership with UNHCR and the Jordanian Government, ARDD-Legal Aid is working to tackle one of these issues by helping refugees register their marriages and births to avoid a stateless generation without access to education, health care or the ability to return to their home countries. Read more »
Christina Hendryx and Domenique Sherab-Project Officer ARDD-Legal Aid

Web4Innovation, un exemple d’eng​agement de Tunisiens résidant en Suisse en faveur d’étudiants tunisiens

L’association des Tunisiens Universitaires en Suisse (TUNES) a lancé cet été, à Tunis, la première phase de son micro-projet intitulé Web4innovation, par le biais duquel l’association entend exploiter toutes les potentialités du web comme moteur d’innovation et de coopération entre la Suisse et la Tunisie. Read more»

Lukas Rüst, Responsable de la thématique migration, département de la coopération internationale, Ambassade de Suisse à Tunis​

Exposure visit to Jordan and Lebanon to ​study the situation of migrant workers from Sri Lanka

Two teams of SDC partner representatives visited Jordan and Lebanon to acquire first-hand knowledge and experience of the situation of Sri Lankan migrant workers, especially domestic housemaids. A representative of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) also joined each of the groups. Read more »

Chairman, PREDO, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

What do remittances have to do with rur​​al development? Much more than we think!

IFAD’s multi-donor Financing Facility for Remittances (FFR) increases economic opportunities for the rural poor through the support and development of innovative, cost-effective, and easily accessible international and/or domestic remittance services. Remittances, which are money transfers that migrants send home, totaled approximately US$434 billion in 2014 – 40% of which went to rural areas. Read more »

Pietro Mona, Deputy Head, Global Program Migration & Development, SDC Bern
Photo: http://www.gfmd.org/​18.11.2015

8th GFMD in Turk​​ey

What started small in 2007 with the first Global Forum on Migration and Development in Brussels has now reached a convincing level of maturity. Once again more than 150 governments and a record number of civil society participants gathered in Istanbul for dialogue on migration and development. This year’s GFMD was marked by the global refugee situation, but also by the newly adopted 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.  Read more »
Pietro Mona, Deputy Head, Global Program Migration & Development, SDC Bern

Homo Sapiens Migrans – Migration from a develop​​ment perspective and a resource based approach.

Listen to Markus Reisle’s inputs at GIZ’s biannual Governance Sector Days from 6 to 8 October 2015 in Berlin. He speaks about the importance of looking at migration – even in times of crisis – from a longer term perspective, keeping in mind that migrants should be considered as resources and actors, not only victims. See the video »
Markus Reisle, Head, Global Programme Migration and Development, Berne, SDC
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ADEPT’s Third Diaspora Development Foru​m (DDF3)

ADEPT’s Third DDF3, in partnership with VIDC and Radio Afrika, took place in Vienna from 28th to 1st October 2015.  The forum focused on ‘Migration and Development in Times of Crisis: Common Obligations and Collective Action’ and involved various actors from Central and Eastern Europe and Africa. Read more »
Haja Bally, Communications Manager, London, ADEPT

Official Launch of the Swiss Civil Society P​​latform on Migration and Development (mdplatform.ch)

The Swiss Civil Society Platform on Migration and Development (mdplatform.ch) was officially presented and launched on the 2nd of November in Bern. This new initiative is designed to foster exchanges between Swiss CSOs working on Migration and Development (M&D) and interested to invest in knowledge sharing, joint learning and coordination for a more structured dialogue with the Swiss government and civil society at international level. Read more »

Pascal Fendrich & Aeberhard Peter, Coordinators, Swiss Civil Society on Migration and Development
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Migration Dialogue for West Africa (MIDWA), Mauri​tania, 6-8 October 2015

The MIDWA Experts and Ministerial Meetings took place in Nouakchott, Mauritania, from 6 to 8 October 2015. The topic of this year was “Irregular Migration: Challenges and Solutions”. Switzerland has been supporting the MIDWA for several years and took an active role to ensure that MIDWA is fully integrated within ECOWAS Commission – Direction of Free Movement. Read more »

Odile Inauen, Deputy Head of the Global Programme on Migration and Development, SDC, Berne

Returning Home to Plant a New Life in Mo​ldova

A beneficiary of NEXUS Moldova Project (funded by EU and SDC) successfully set up her business upon returning home from migration. Selected as a success story within the 2015 European Year for Development (EYD). Read more »
Radu Danii, National Program Officer, Migration and Development, Swiss Cooperation Office Chisinau, Moldova

Field Story: Sri Lanka

Prahasan Marimuthu works on labour migration issues at district level as Field Officer for SDC Safe Labour Migration in Sri Lanka. He highlights for us the different contributions of the project. See video »

Field Story: Banglade​sh

Listen to Nazia Haider, SDC National Programme Officer in Bangladesh, on her experience working on labour migration and skills in Bangladesh. See video »
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The 2015 GFMD: More of the Same or a Renewed Commitment by CSOs?

This article briefly describes the 2015 GFMD CSDs and their main outcomes. The analysis focuses on the innovative dynamics and messages coming out of CSOs, elaborating on them from the perspective of the current international context, including the adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Syrian crisis. The article pays specific attention to the contribution of Swiss CSOs in the 2015 GFMD and explains how this contribution is becoming better structured through the recent establishment of a Swiss CSO Platform on Migration and Development. Read more »
Mirela Shuteriqi, Thematic Advisor, Lausanne, Switzerland, Terre des hommes


Migration and the 2030 Agenda: How a pipe-dr​eam turned into reality

In 2012, the SDC Global Program Migration and Development boldly stated that Switzerland should take a leading role to ensure that migration and migrants would be included in the post 2015 Development Agenda. Many were sceptical, considering migration too toxic and the north-south divide too great to reach consensual language on migration-relevant targets for the new global sustainable development agenda. The first steps did, indeed, not bode well. Nonetheless, with the support of a growing network of governmental and non-governmental partners we managed to turn this pipe-dream into reality.  Read more »
Pietro Mona, Deputy Head, Global Program Migration & Development, SDC Bern


Media initiative on fair migration in the Mi​ddle East

The media initiative on fair migration in the Middle East is a learning program targeting media professionals in the Arab States that was developed by the ILO and Panos Europe Institute under the ILO’s MAGNET project supported by SDC/GPMD. A number of national workshops, an inter-regional meeting of editors from South Asia and the MENA region in addition to a regional consultative meeting were carried out, bringing together experienced journalists, human rights activists and trade unionists to discuss concrete actions that can be taken within the framework of this media initiative.
Yvonne Diallo-Sahli, SDC Migration Network, Focal Point, SDC Bern

Training of Labour Inspectors of the Ministry of Labour o​​f Qatar, 24-26 May 2015

Pascal Raess, Regional Advisor, Migration and Development, SDC Regional Office in Amman

Al Hassan Workers’ Centre i​n Jordan

Ayeh Maraqa, National Programme Officer on Migration and Development, SDC, Jordan

Enjeux pastoralisme et accès aux services sociau​​x à l'exemple de l'éducation

Mary Luce Fiaux Niada, Conseillère Education/Formation Afrique de l’Ouest, DDC Bénin

Morocco’s migration policy and links​ with West Africa

Professor Mohamed Berriane, Mohammed V University– Rabat

Le MICRCR s’engage pour la protection des migrants.

Fernand Azonnanon, Point Focal, Projet "Droits des migrants en action, Croix-Rouge Béninoise

​​​Le Réseau Afrique de l’Ouest pour la prote​ction des enfants – Objectifs, résultats et perspectives

[Available in English]
La mission principale du Réseau Afrique de l’Ouest pour la protection des enfants -RAO- (1) est la protection transnationale et la réinsertion sociale, éducative et professionnelle des enfants vulnérables et des jeunes migrants qui se déplacent entre les pays de cette région. Read more »
Olivier Geissler, SERVICE SOCIAL INTERNATIONAL, Fondation suisse (Genève)
Dr Djibril FALL, SERVICE SOCIAL INTERNATIONAL, Représentant en Afrique de l’Ouest

Le role de la recherche pour comprendre les realites de la mobilite en Afrique

Ecoutez les témoignages de Abou-Bakari Imorou de LASDEL concernant l'importance de la recherche pour informer les politiques dans le contexte des migrations. Learn more »
Abou-Bakari Imorou

Are businesses fit to compete in the global competition fo​​r skills?

[Disponible en Français]
Strengthening public-private dialogue to rethink labor migration policies and international skills mobility in the framework of the GFMD
The Turkish GFMD chair and Switzerland co-hosted a Business Meeting on the global competition for skills and international mobility on the 15/16 of May in Istanbul. It brought together decision-makers of global businesses as well as migration policy-makers from various governments to discuss opportunities for innovative policy-making on skills matching, recruitment mechanisms and labour migration regulations. Read more »
Bettina Etter, Program Officer, GPMD, GPMD/SDC, Bern


Promouvoir des approches M&D auprès des acte​urs locaux en Afrique de l’Ouest – Activités Pilotes de HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation au Bénin


[Available in English]

Tenant compte de l’importance de la mobilité à l’échelle régionale et nationale, Helvetas Bénin travaille à l’intégration de l’approche Migration & Développement dans son programme. Les premières études ont permis de confirmer la pertinence de la migration dans les zones d’intervention et de circonscrire les problématiques clés. Sur la base de ces premières analyses, Helvetas a débuté une série d’activités pilotes afin de favoriser une meilleure compréhension et prise en compte de la migration et ses implications par l’ensemble des acteurs locaux. Read more »

Pascal Fendrich, Conseiller sur M&D, Helvetas, Bern
Anja Seiler, Chargée d’Etude M&D, Helvetas, Parakou, Bern

Regional Workshop on Migration and Development, Ouid​ah/Benin, 1 – 4 June 2015  


[Disponible en Français]


Development in West Africa – the role of human mobility. During a regional workshop on Migration and Development in West Africa held 1 – 4 June 2015, over 50 participants engaged in fruitful discussions on key themes of migration and development, including integrating mobility and migration into development planning and interventions (and development aspects into migration policies), the protection of migrant workers’ rights and patterns related to the linkages between West Africa and North Africa. Read more »

Yvonne Diallo-Sahli, SDC Migration Network, Focal Point, SDC Bern

Switzerland participates in labour migrati​​on discussions of the 15th Doha Forum

Switzerland is stepping up its efforts in working with the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) in Qatar on cooperation in the field of migration, development and human rights. In the context of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two organizations, SDC was invited by NHRC to contribute to the 15th edition of the Doha Forum on 11-13 May 2015. This Forum brings together leaders from public and private sectors to discuss current political, economic and social priorities. Read more »



CTRS – Leçons apprises après la première a​nnée de mise en œuvre du projet

CTRS – Erkenntnisse nach dem ersten Jahr Projektumsetzung

Par Lukas Rüst, Ambassade de Suisse à Tunis

Including the private sector – filling the​ empty seat at the table


Supporting Diaspora engagement in Bosni​a and Herzegovina (BiH) – learning from best practices

By Bettina Etter, Program Officer, GPMD/SDC, Bern


First National Migration Dialogue took place in N​igeria in December 2014

Serge Oumow, Regional Advisor on M&D, SDC Cotonou​

Civil Society in Sri Lanka strengthens its capacity t​o advocate for migrant workers' rights

By Benil Thavarasa, Program Officer, SDC Colombo


























Linking public policy dialogue to regional and national exp​eriences

Shabarinath Nair, Regional Advisor on M&D South and SE Asia, SDC Dhaka


























Remittances as private capital for sustainable dev​elopment

The issue of financing development forms an integral part of the debates on the post-2015 agenda. Implementing the SDGs will require important public and private financial resources. While they should be distinguished from ODA, remittances to people living in developing countries today contribute significantly to sustainable development and available data indicates their steady growth.  In preparation of the third Financing for Development Conference of Addis Ababa in July, this article introduces the key dimensions and policy messages for considering and increasing the development potential of remittances. Read more »
Pietro Mona, Deputy Head, Global Program Migration & Development, SDC Bern

4 ans après - retour sur les apprentissages de l’a​telier de préparation au FMMD de 2011 à Taliouine

Près de 4 ans après un premier atelier organisé dans le cadre des préparations du FMMD en 2011, la coopération suisse a appuyé une nouvelle réunion des acteurs clés sur migration et développement au Maroc à Rabat en janvier 2015. Cet atelier a permis de tirer un bilan positif des dynamiques issues de l’atelier de 2011 et de partager des expériences concrètes et bonnes pratiques quant à l’intégration de la dimension migratoire dans le développement local.  Read more »
 Mouloud El-Kamel, Chargé de Programme, SDC Rabat
 Yvonne Diallo-Sahli, SDC Migration Network Focal Point, SDC Bern

Migration and the M​edia

The ILO and Panos Institute Europe have together launched an initiative to engage substantively with media professionals in the Middle East on the interrelated issues of labour migration and human trafficking. A first objective is to strengthen their understanding of these issues for better coverage. It also seeks to build bridges between the labour movement, human rights organizations, grassroots NGOs and journalists reporting on human and labour rights. Read more »
Hélène Harroff-Tavel, Technical Officer, ILO Geneva


TED Dilip Ratha: The hidden force in global econo​​mics: sending money home

TED Global 2014 16:59 minutes
In 2013, international migrants sent $413 billion home to families and friends — three times more than the total of global foreign aid (about $135 billion). This money, known as remittances, makes a significant difference on the lives of those receiving it and plays a major role in the economies of many countries. Economist Dilip Ratha describes the promise of these “dollars wrapped with love” and analyzes how they are stifled by practical and regulatory obstacles.