Public policies play a key role in maximising the benefits and minimising the costs of migration, both in countries of origin and destination. Beyond designing policies directly aimed at regulating flows, integrating immigrants and optimising the impact of migration on development – for example, through channelling remittances towards productive investment, promoting brain circulation and mobilising diasporas – policy makers also need to consider the interactions between migration policies and other public policies. The purpose of the Thematic Working Group (TWG) on Policy and Institutional Coherence is to address the coherence of policies and actions oriented towards migration and development (M&D).
The topic of policy and institutional coherence has been an important part of the international discussion on migration and development, figuring prominently on the agenda of the Global Forum on Migration and Development. Nevertheless, coherence within the field of M&D is still an emerging field of research. Against this background, the overall objective of the Thematic Working Group on Policy and Institutional Coherence is to examine the benefits, as well as the costs, associated with enhancing the coherence of policies and institutions for migration and development. In particular, the working group seeks to establish a set of “coherence criteria” that will help identify good practices on how to manage conflicting interests, objectives and trade-offs in the realm of migration and development-related policy making.