The Migration Strategy Group on International Cooperation and Development
The Migration Strategy Group on International Cooperation and Development (MSG) is an initiative of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Bertelsmann Foundation, and the Robert Bosch Stiftung. It follows in format the first Migration Strategy Group, which focused on the theme of Global Competitiveness and ran from 2013-2015.
The premise of the Migration Strategy Group on International Cooperation and Development is that the continuing humanitarian refugee and migration disorder both outside Europe as well as on European soil requires policy solutions to implement and establish a coherent and orderly asylum, refugee and migration system that is characterized by long term and sustainable planning. This entails providing a balance between humanitarian protection, providing livelihoods for people in their home countries, providing opportunities through labor migration to all parties involved, and security concerns in Germany and Europe. A major task for Germany will be how to strike this balance and develop a more coherent approach between different policy fields. A lack of coherence can have major negative repercussions and unintended consequences on migration flows and patterns.
Policy coherence in this regard is till hard to define. There are more questions than answers. What tools could foreign policy or development policy employ and coordinate in each phase? What does trilateral coordination with countries outside the EU look like? The Migration Strategy Group on International Cooperation and Development will look into these questions and discuss possible solutions. Answers to these questions could aid in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Results will also be featured parallel to the German co-presidency of the Global Forum on Migration and Development in 2017.
The Migration Strategy Group on International Cooperation and Development will convene actors from various ministries and relevant stakeholders within Germany, as well as from the EU level. Together they will reflect on the policy intersections and identify, if possible, potential fields for action. The project, which will hold six working group meetings within the next year, will establish a neutral learning and exchange platform for stakeholders. The sessions will be held under the Chatham House Rule and in a participative stakeholder process style. The Migration Strategy Group will run in close coordination with current research activities initiated and co-funded by the German Ministry of Economic Co-operation and Development, which are coordinated by the Stiftung Wissenschaft and Politik (SWP).