GFMD – Engagement with the Private Sector on International Migration

GFMD 2008 sWithin the framework of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) 2013-2014, the Swedish Chair came together with The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration (THP), the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Council for Global Immigration and other contributing partners to deepen and diversify GFMD engagement with targeted business sectors including construction; mining and extractives, recruitment, insurance, financial services, and others.

Successful thematic business round table meetings with states and businesses were held in New York, Brussels and Geneva, as well as one-on-one consultations with executives from a number of multinational enterprises. Furthermore, THP completed a “mapping study” consisting of a Delphi Process and a two-part survey was undertaken to ascertain not only current business practices, perspectives, and values with respect to global mobility, but also the private sector’s position on the concept of engagement with governments in migration policy making.

The ultimate goal of the various thematic meetings and the mapping research effort was to continuously discover potential areas of common ground for public-private cooperation in the realm of migration and development while simultaneously building trust and fostering greater engagement with participating industries.
The final report outlining the methodology, design and outcomes of the mapping study is now available.

THP looks forward to continuing our cooperation with the GFMD. This year THP, in collaboration with the Turkish Chair and supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will conduct a study applying return on investment (ROI) metrics to the migration opportunity for businesses, with the aim of tackling the existing barriers to the private sector’s active and effective involvement in this field.

This study will be presented at the summit of the GFMD in Istanbul in October 2015.

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Contributions to the Contemporary Debate on Migration and Development GFMD – 2008

Input to the 2nd Global Forum on Migration and Development


authors: Frans Bouwen, Khalid Koser, Antoine Meyer, Yulia Poskakukhina, Aimee Rindoks, Auke Witkamp
language editors: Ian Curry-Sumner, Philip Rudge
Partner: Western Union 

Publication date: September 2008


The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration composed this document as input to the 2nd Global Forum on Migration and Development, held in Manila in October 2008.

The document has two main sections:
1. Inclusive Processes – Coherent Policies: The need to include local governments and to consider the links between migration and health
2. A Compilation of Reflections on the 2008 GFMD Roundtable Themes

The document also includes action points on:
– How to create inclusive policy processes, particularly including local governments
– Coherent policies on migration, development and health
– Strengthening policy relevance of research on migration, development and health

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