Since the first meeting of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in 2007, institutional and policy coherence has been identified as a key area of action for all relevant stakeholders in the migration and development debate. Within the joint efforts implemented by the international community in pursuing this objective, the Migration Profiles (MPs) have been indicated as an efficient tool for a more comprehensive approach to data collection and more coherent migration and development policies. Through an established data and research framework adapted to specific national needs, the MPs represent a sustained, government owned, process of data gathering to evaluate the impact of migration policies and programs on development strategies.
The workshop will analyze the capacity development needs and constraints existing in the process of reliable and comparable data gathering. It will further assess priority policy areas and required government actions based on the results of the Migration Profiles exercise.
This workshop draws on the recommendations that emerged during the GFMD meeting in Athens in 2009 and the subsequent Vienna seminar on “Assessing the Impacts of Migration and Development Policies”. It will cover the following topics:
- Contribution of Migration Profiles to policy and institutional coherence on Migration and Development;
- Objective, priority and scope of an MP;
- Analysis and development of guidelines for the implementation of extended MPs;
- Identification of key issues relevant in the migration and development context to be included in the MP framework;
- Opportunities offered by international cooperation to develop the MP initiative.
The workshop combines a mix of methodologies, including presentations, case studies, and interactive discussions and exercises. Among the guest speakers, the workshop features government officials who will share their country-specific experience in implementing Migration Profiles and renowned experts from the United Nations system, the International Organization for Migration, civil society and academia.
The workshop is designed for members of permanent missions to the United Nations in New York, who work on migration and development issues. Representatives of governments, international organizations, the United Nations system, civil society and the private sector with academic or professional interest in the topic are also encouraged to participate.