Flagship initiative Centres for migration and development

Fair, ethical labour migration to Germany and Europe, support for regional mobility and the successful reintegration of returnees – this is what the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) wants to achieve through its centres for migration and development.

Cover: Centres for Migration and Development

Centres for Migration and Development

Advising people, strengthening partner governments, gaining skilled workers

File type PDF | Date of status 11/2023 | File size 402 KB, Pages 3 Pages

Safe, orderly and regular migration can play an important role in sustainable development. Based on the Global Compact for Migration, and in close cooperation with the European Union (EU), the BMZ advocates a comprehensive, partnership-based approach that takes the interests of countries of origin, destination countries and the migrants themselves equally into account.

Since 2017, the BMZ has been funding centres for migration and development in selected countries. The concept for these centres is currently being overhauled. There are also plans to open centres in more countries. To begin with, the initiative has been launched in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Pakistan, Indonesia, Ghana and Nigeria.

The new centres for migration and development are intended to support regular migration for work and training purposes. The main focus is on achieving development impact and ensuring that training and knowledge transfer, for example, benefit the countries of origin just as much as the destination countries and the migrants themselves. In addition, following a 360-degree approach, the centres also provide information on the risks involved in irregular migration and assist returnees in their efforts to reintegrate into the local economy and society.

The centres for migration and development are integrated into existing structures in partner countries, such as national employment agencies or ministries responsible for migration. To enhance the long-term viability of the centres and their work, Germany is supporting partner governments and local institutions and organisations in expanding their skills and expertise.

The centres bring together different partners, from civil society organisations to private sector players and multilateral organisations such as the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU). In this way, they help to improve coordination between existing programmes and initiatives.

As at: 11/07/2023