Roundtable: The Relationship Between Migration and the Sdgs
(Population, Migration and Refugees)

Thursday, July 13, 2017: 2:15 PM-3:45 PM
Inspiration (Crowne Plaza Brussels - Le Palace)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Roundtable Organizers:  Helen Dempster, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
Speakers:  Jessica Hagen-Zanker, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Margaret Waters, European Commission and Joseph Wales, Overseas Development Institute

People migrate to overcome poverty, escape conflict, or cope with economic and environmental shocks. In the words of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, migration is ‘an expression of the human aspiration for dignity, safety and a better future. It is part of the social fabric, part of our very make-up as a human family’. Migration is one of the defining features of the 21st century and can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For this to happen, we need a better understanding of the relationships between migration and key development issues. This series of briefs, commissioned by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), explores these relationships across the 2030 Agenda and the impact of migration on key development outcomes. The briefs are part of ODI’s work on ‘Leave no one behind: the first 1000 days of the SDGs’. This roundtable will bring together findings from the first six briefs in this series - on gender, health, climate change, urbanisation, education and social protection. Participants will discuss the implications of migration on the achievement of key SDG targets.