ABOUT US

 

 

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.

FIVE MIGRATION POLICY ISSUES OF RELEVANCE TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR

Need for workforce mobility

Matching skills to labour market needs

Fair recruitment and decent work

Integration and social welfare

Public discourse, perception and attitude

SIX OBJECTIVES OF THE GFMD BUSINESS MECHANISM

Mobilising business federations from around the world to engage on migration issues

Raising the awareness of business federations on the work of the GFMD

Carrying out surveys and studies on best practices on business and migration issues

Organising a mid-year GFMD Thematic business meeting

Participating and actively contributing to the GFMD Summit meeting, common space and civil society days

Advocating for business and migration positions in order to promote sound migration policies that take into account economic perspectives

ONE OVERARCHING GOAL DRIVING OUR ENGAGEMENT

A regulatory environment where labour migration policies support businesses by creation and development, building competitiveness and resilience, and hence playing the key role in society by creating decent jobs and wealth.