Why are we running this project?

The premise of the Migration Strategy Group on International Cooperation and Development (MSG) is that the continuing humanitarian refugee and migration disorder both outside Europe as well as on European soil requires policy solutions to implement and establish a coherent and orderly asylum, refugee and migration system that is characterized by long term and sustainable planning. This entails providing a balance between humanitarian protection, providing livelihoods for people in their home countries, providing opportunities through labor migration to all parties involved, and security concerns in Germany and Europe. A major task for Germany will be how to strike this balance and develop a more coherent approach between different policy fields. A lack of coherence can have major negative repercussions and unintended consequences on migration flows and patterns.

What are our goals?

Policy coherence in this regard is still hard to define. There are more questions than answers. What tools could foreign policy or development policy employ and coordinate in each phase? What does trilateral coordination with countries outside the EU look like?

The Migration Strategy Group on International Cooperation and Development has the goal of looking into these questions and discuss possible solutions. Answers to these questions could aid in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as the development of a Global Compact on Migration. Results have also be featured parallel to the German co-presidency of the Global Forum on Migration and Development in June 2017.

How does the project work?

The project follows in format the first Migration Strategy Group, which focused on the theme of Global Competitiveness and ran from 2013-2015.

The MSG convenes actors from various ministries and relevant stakeholders within Germany, as well as from the EU level. Together they reflect on the policy intersections and identify, if possible, potential fields for action.

The project establishes a neutral learning and exchange platform for stakeholders. The sessions are held under the Chatham House Rule and in a participative stakeholder process style.

The Migration Strategy Group is run in close coordination with current research activities initiated and co-funded by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, which are coordinated by the Stiftung Wissenschaft and Politik (SWP).