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Migration and displacement

In 2015 there were 258 million international migrants globally. Additionally, over 70.8 million people were displaced mainly by conflicts. Displacement due to climate change and disasters has on average affected 22.5 million people since 2008.

We believe that long-term development approaches are important in addressing migration and displacement. In the coming years, UNDP will continue to work with partners to advance the development dimensions of migration and displacement in the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework,  the Global Compact for Migration, the Global Compact on Refugees,  the Global Forum for Migration and Development, the Platform on Disaster Displacement, the Plan of Action for the Guiding Principles for Internal Displacement (GP20), and other important fora on migration and development. 

In partnership with IOM, UNDP is supporting countries to mainstream migration into local and national development strategies.  UNDP’s work in Syria and the neighbouring countries has impacted millions of people, providing temporary jobs to women and young people, increasing access to basic services and working together with other UN agencies to help those displaced by conflict, climate change and environmental degradation. 

Together with UNHCR and IOM, UNDP addresses the plight of migrants, refugees, internally displaced people and their host communities through:

  • Supporting national and local governments to mainstream migration into development plans, including localized SDGs; 
  • Addressing root causes of displacement and negative drivers of migration;
  • Investing in resilience based development to ensure migrants, refugees, IDPs and host communities cope, recover and sustain development gains in crisis and post crisis situations.
  • Supporting countries to create an enabling environment for sustainable community based re/integration.

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