Migration Symposium: Migration and the Sustainable Development Goals


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2015, define the development agenda for UN member states for the forthcoming fifteen years. The SDG framework, referred as "Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development", aims to bring an end to poverty, promote prosperity, equality and people’s well-being while protecting the environment, in a set of 17 ambitious and universal goals.

A number of issues that go beyond the traditional development cooperation agenda have been incorporated into this new framework – including migration: for instance, SDG 10 sets out a target for “facilitating orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through the implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies” (10.7). 

This represents global recognition that human mobility and international migration are multi-dimensional phenomena that have become essential drivers and factors of sustainable development and are considered effective ways of reducing global poverty, as well as powerful tools to achieve a more equitable world with shared prosperity. A number of other important references to migration and related issues are incorporated into the SDG framework, addressing issues such as labour rights for migrant workers, reducing remittance transaction costs and ending modern slavery and human trafficking. 

The Migration Symposium, taking place at the Royal Society (Kohn Centre) from 12.45 to 5pm on Monday 14 December 2015 to mark International Migrants Day (on 18 December), will highlight the nexus between migration and development and explore ways of implementing the SDG migration-related targets. The event will also consider the mechanisms and processes that could help review progress in the development potential of migration, such as the potential indicators and monitoring tools.


Gibril Faal OBE, Interim Executive Director of the Africa-Europe Diaspora Development Platform (ADEPT) and Former Chair of the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD)

Jill Helke, Director of International Cooperation and Partnerships, IOM 

Claire Melamed, Director of Poverty and Inequality, ODI 

Stefano Scurrati, Senior Consultant Custom Research, Economist Intelligence Unit 

Jeff Crisp, Research Associate, Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford and Honorary Advisor, Refugees International 

Alan Winters, Professor of Economics, University of Sussex and CEO of the Migrating out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium

Odile Inauen, Deputy Head, Global Programme on Migration and Development, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (invited) 

                                                                                         To register, go to this link

Migration Symposium: Migration and the Sustainable Development Goals
Monday 14 December 2015 
From 12.45 to 5pm
Royal Society (Kohn Centre)
6-9 Carlton House Terrace 
SW1Y 5AG London
United Kingdom

This event is co-hosted by IOM and ODI, with input and support from the Department for International Development (DFID). IOM and ODI also are grateful to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for their financial support for the event.