This guide is designed to serve government actors, both national and local, involved in any process of Sustainable Development Goal implementation, including those working specifically in migration, and those working in other sectors who are interested in integrating migration. It is also for government actors working in the migration field who wish to integrate the SDGs into their work.
The focus of this guide is to help policymakers implement the migration aspects of the SDGs. Policymakers can use this guide to integrate migration into local or national development planning, by designing and implementing interventions that relate to migration in the context of the SDGs. These interventions may take the form of legislation, policies, programmes, projects or other activities, and may relate to core migration topics or integrate migration into activities in another sector. For example, policymakers may use this guide to design interventions that directly address human trafficking, as well as interventions in the health sector that help protect victims of trafficking.
For actors with experience in migration mainstreaming, this guide offers a new approach that is based on the 2030 Agenda. For those with no experience in migration mainstreaming, it offers an introduction on how migration and development are linked in the context of the SDGs, and how to take action around these connections
Types of Section
- Section 1 is a thematic overview of the ways in which migration is included in the 2030 Agenda and the main opportunities this presents. It offers thematic explorations of direct and indirect connections to migration throughout the Sustainable Development Goals and targets. This enables actors to consider how the SDGs are most relevant to their particular local or national migration contexts. You can find on our website two complementary tools that helps illustrate these linkages: (i) a comprehensive booklet which outlines the linkages between migration and each SDG and (ii) a poster which summarizes these linkages.
- Section 2 provides operational guidance and a suggested process for implementing migration aspects of the SDGs. It provides actors with a flexible framework for integrating migration into SDG implementation that can be modified to fit their local or national context. The process is not intended to be prescriptive or exhaustive, as migration policymaking must respond to local and national migration dynamics and institutional contexts, and 2030 Agenda implementation can take many forms.
Tools for each step of the process assist actors as they engage with stakeholders, set priorities, assess their data needs and other activities throughout implementation.