Mainstreaming Migration into International Cooperation and Development (MMICD)

The Mainstreaming Migration into International Cooperation and Development (MMICD) project aims to strengthen the process of integrating migration into international cooperation and development policy.

Under the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, MMICD provides systematic guidance on how migration can be integrated into development cooperation sectors in a manner that:

  • Harnesses the development potential of migration;
  • Ensures that risks and opportunities are fully assessed;
  • Makes development cooperation more coherent and effective.

The project is funded by the European Commission’s Directorate – General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) and runs from 2017 to 2021.

Contact the MMICD Project Team at ROBrusselsMMICD@iom.int and check out #MMICD activity on Twitter

The sectors in focus have a strong link to the ways in which migration can impact development, and development can impact migration. These target development sectors are:

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We tell the story of Marlene, a high school student growing up in a transit community on the border of Mozambique and South Africa.
Marlene has received sexual and reproductive health information, counselling and support through a school‑based programme, empowering her to complete her schooling. Sharing her story, she is now mobilizing her peers to stay in school and achieve their educational goals.

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Preventing Forced Migration and Adapting to a Changing Climate

 
 

Climate change is occurring at rates much faster than anticipated and its effects are clearly felt worldwide. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Small Island Development States of the Pacific.

Carlon is a student in the Republic of the Marshall Islands who knows that climate change is threatening the future of his country. More frequent and stronger high tides, and prolonged droughts, are already changing the social fabric in which he is growing up. Carlon joins those raising their voices to advocate for climate action to prevent forced migration.

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We tell the story of Fernando, a migrant farmworker who is now able to access health services through mobile clinics that come to the farm where he works.
Accessing health services has contributed to Fernando’s own well-being and productivity, and has had positive ripple effects in the wider community where he works and back at home.

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Climate change is occurring at rates much faster than anticipated and its effects are clearly felt worldwide. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Small Island Development States of the Pacific.

Moises is a former migrant mineworker from Mozambique. After working for many years in the mines in South Africa, he realized that his earned employment benefits did not transfer when he returned home. He and some colleagues founded the Association of Mozambican Mineworkers (AMIMO) to advocate for a change in the benefits system for migrant mineworkers, and to inform others of their rights and the services available to them.

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Novelita is a former overseas domestic worker who became indebted to her employer. Upon her return to the Philippines, she joined a Trade Union for Domestic Workers and started to actively participate in decision-making processes, promoting the rights of female domestic workers. She is now Union President, advocating for administrative and legislative change.

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Garry is a migrant worker who is now the packhouse manager on a farm in South Africa. Working in the agriculture sector interested Garry because it was work that he already knew. Since migrating from Zimbabwe, over time, his skills and eagerness to grow professionally led to new opportunities. Garry now oversees 200 employees in the packhouse and has gained enough resources to provide for his family back home.

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Joji is a return migrant from the Philippines who was a financial advisor in Canada. Upon return, harnessing the skills she developed abroad, she started a social enterprise to contribute to peacebuilding. She is now expanding her business by training local farmers to grow, sell, and trade their own coffee and improve sustainable livelihoods.

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Larry, President of the Marshalls BillFish Club, recognizes that the balanced fishing industry sustains the livelihoods of many of those residing in the country. He understands the importance of linking border management and sustainable maritime responses in order to ensure that the fishing industry is not overly exploited.

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Rebecca is an internal migrant living in a densely populated district in metro Manila, Philippines. With predictions of a category seven earthquake among the threats in her district, Rebecca fears displacement due to disaster. By getting involved in local Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) initiatives run by the local government, Rebecca and her family feel better prepared.

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Under the project, practical guidelines and training are being developed and rolled‑out to assist development practitioners to integrate migration into target development sectors. These guidelines and trainings are intentionally framed in a manner that speaks to development practitioners who may have expertise in development sector work, but are less familiar with how migration can be integrated within that. The sector‑specific guides within the guidelines are being developed through a series of consultations with EU and UN staff.

The guidelines and training materials are being piloted in three partner countries – Ecuador, Nepal, and Madagascar. The piloting includes sensitization to the importance of mainstreaming migration, capacity building and provision of tools and technical assistance to mainstream migration in selected development sectors.

  • In Ecuador, the pilot sectors are: employment and urban development.
  • in Madagascar, the pilot sectors are: education and rural development.
  • In Nepal, the pilot sectors are: rural development and urban development.
 
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This project is funded by
the European Union