The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) is the key international forum to address migration and development interconnections, with a focus on action. It is an informal, non-binding, voluntary and government-led process that reflects the progressive acknowledgement of the value of multilateral approaches to migration and development. Germany and Moroco co-chair the 2017-2018 GFMD.
From the outset, GFMD has incorporated civil society; however there has been no systematic incorporation of business, despite its growing role and relevance for migration and development. The GFMD Business Mechanism, endorsed at the 2015 GFMD Summit in Istanbul, brings the voice of business to the forum. There is clearly a mutual interest between governments, the private sector, and civil society, to promote more transparent, effective and humane migration policies, taking into accounts labour market needs. The International Organisation of Employers (IOE) and the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Migration coordinate the work of the GFMD Business mechanism. Together they form the Business Advisory Group. The GFMD Business Mechanism is housed at the IOE in Geneva.
Migration fuels economic growth, making a social and economic contribution to the host countries.
Secretary-General, International Organisation of Employers (IOE)
All stakeholders could benefit from including the private sector in the discussion on migration.
Chairman, WEF Global Future Council on Migration
Businesses seek migration policies that are transparent, coherent and predictable, based on objective standards.