Sustainable Solutions on Migration
The Policy Initiative on Sustainable Solutions on Migration was launched in 2016 as a result of EMSD’s leading role in the T20 Task Force on Forced Migration (TFFM) during the German G20 presidency, and in light of the European Refugee Crisis.
The Task Force aimed at stimulating debate and providing innovative, dispassionate, and evidence-based policy options for the G20 and beyond, on how to enable low and middle income host countries to economically integrate forced migrants in order to enable them to provide for their livelihoods in a self-determined way. The initial focus was on thinking through policy options particularly for host countries outside the EU including emerging and developing economies such as South Africa, Turkey, Jordan. As per its foundation as G20 engagement group Task Force, the TFFM also considered supporting measures at the international level.
EPF hosted an outreach event in Amman in February 2017 in order to gain on the ground insights into the challenges faced by host societies and accordingly frame the policy proposals to the G20. The five resulting policy briefs were presented at the T20 Summit in Berlin. As a great achievement, recommendations featured within the T20 communiqué “20 Solutions for G20” which was handed over to Minister Peter Altmaier at the Summit.
In light of the successful work of the Task Force, and given the ongoing relevance of the topic with the Global Compacts on Refugees and for Migration to be adopted in 2018, EPF continues its work on migration issues in 2018. Under the Argentinian T20 presidency, the focus of the task force will be broadened beyond the immediate challenges triggered by the European refugee crisis in 2016. The renamed Task Force on Migration (TFM) will continue to focus on socio-economic integration models, including labor market and education measures and policies. These issues will be considered particularly also in the context of regional partnerships for migration as possible frameworks for actionable commitments on a national and regional level that would help implement the Global Compact for Migration. Additional / new foci include high skill migration; gender and care occupations; and alternative learning pathways in a mobile world.