Global Forum on Migration and Development


The GFMD is a voluntary, informal, non-binding and government-led process open to all States Members and Observers of the United Nations, to advance understanding and cooperation on the mutually reinforcing relationship between migration and development and to foster practical and action-oriented outcomes.

The GFMD process brings together expertise from all regions and countries at all stages of economic, social and political development. Policy-makers from a wide range of government agencies participate, including from Ministries and Departments of Immigration, Development, Labour, Foreign Affairs, Gender Equality, Home Affairs, Justice, Interior, Integration and Nationals Abroad. Since its inception, the GFMD has operated on the basis of a unique participative working method, involving governments and policy makers from a varied background. UN and other international agencies, including those that make up the Global Migration Group , as well as academia and civil society organizations, as appropriate and desired by governments are involved in the process.

For more information visit the GFMD website

Civil Society Days

The Forum has also engaged civil society representatives by inviting them to hold parallel meetings and share their deliberations with states. The aim is to include the voices and expertise of academia, NGOs, trade unions, the private sector, migrants and diaspora representatives in the Forum. Since 2007, the government and civil society engagement has expanded and deepened incrementally each year — starting with a single Civil Society Day in Brussels and advancing to two Civil Society Days thereafter. The first government-CS interface was held in Manila in 2008, expanded in Athens in 2009, and further developed in Puerto Vallarta in 2010 into a “common space”, bringing a big CS delegation to the opening plenary session of the governments to participate in direct dialogue with the latter on issues of common concern.

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events.


Past Events

PGA 2020 in Quito, Ecuador

Date: January 20, 2020

Time: 8:00 - 18:00

Location: Quito, Ecuador



This year, the People’s Global Action on Migration, Development & Human Rights takes place in Quito, Ecuador on January 20.

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Global Forum on Migration and Development 2017

Start date: June 28, 2017

End date: June 30, 2017

Location: Berlin, Germany


The main theme of the Tenth GFMD Summit will be “Towards a Global Social Contract on Migration and Development”. This theme signals the imperative to address and balance the interests of migrants and their countries of origin, transit and destination within the framework of safe, regular and orderly migration. 

 Key Documents

General Information on the GFMD 

Final Conclusions and Recommendations from the 2017 GFMD

Final Concept Paper from the 2017 GFMD