The Migration Strategy Group (MSG) 

Set up in 2013, the MSG on International Cooperation and Development is an initiative by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Bertelsmann Foundation, and the Robert Bosch Foundation. The MSG brings together German and international policy stakeholders at regular intervals to discuss current migration-related foreign and development policy issues.

Aim and Formats of the MSG

The MSG provides a unique platform for solution-oriented policy-thinking related to the external dimension of migration policy; encouraging participants’ thinking and critical reflection through interactive, user-centric dialogue; promoting network-building between the public and other relevant sectors; and fostering thought leadership through publications. We hold sessions under the Chatham House Rule to encourage out-of-the-box thinking, leveraging the “wisdom is in the system” approach. We discuss potential policy options in a non-partisan, trustful environment that takes into account experiences, good practices, and data evidence.


The MSG has focused on labor migration and global competitiveness (2013–2015); policy coherence in Germany’s external migration policy (2016–2017); mixed migration movements with a geographical focus on sub-Saharan Africa (2018­–2019); and the impact of digitalization and emerging technologies on migration policy and management (2019–2022).  

Current Topic “Tech and Migration” (2019–2022)

Since 2019, the MSG has been focusing on the impact of digitalization and technological development on migration management and policy. While we will continue to focus on the German policy stakeholder community (2019–2022), we will additionally create international policy stakeholder exchanges (starting in 2022). The MSG will offer tech intro courses for international migration policy stakeholders, conduct international exchanges and networking opportunities, and advance international thought leadership in the emerging field of tech and migration.

Dialogue on Tech and Migration 2022 (DoT.Mig): Connecting the Dots and People

Become part of an international and interactive expert learning group of public administration, civil society and the private sector and engage in interactive and thought-provoking exchanges.


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