E-Learning on Mainstreaming Migration Into Development Policy

Mainstreaming Migration into Development Planning

E-Learning on Mainstreaming Migration Into Development Policy

25 October–3 December 2021
The course is available in English
Introduction to the course

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015, recognizes the strong link between decent work and migration in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8 on promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. On the other hand, conventional narratives on migration and development (M&D) historically oscillate between optimistic and pessimistic views, in which, respectively, migration is seen as a driver for development (leading in turn towards less migration) or as a brake to development (for example, through "brain drain"), leading to more migration). Recently, the notion of "mainstreaming migration into policy planning" has emerged as an innovative and coherence-driven concept, which recognizes the complex nature of migration and its interrelation with a broad spectrum of policies relating to development. It also implies migrants as rights-bearers first and foremost before seeing them as factors for development, recognizing that people should have the freedom to choose whether to migrate or not. Mainstreaming migration into policy planning with a rights based and human development-based framework means adopting a sectoral approach to migration and recognizing that: - Migration is a cross-cutting issue, which is neither intrinsically positive, nor negative, nor neutral, as it is linked with several other factors, such as policies and the social dynamic: the way in which migration takes place is key, and this implies seeing migrants as rights bearers; - As a cross-cutting issue, migration is affected by a broad range of policy sectors, from health, employment and labour, education, to the environment and social protection; - Similarly, migration has an impact on these same policy sectors, as by nature migration directly impacts societies, both at home and in host countries; - Therefore, the link between migration and development has to be viewed as a non-linear one, in which migration affects development and development policies affect migration. This joint ITCILO/IOM training activity builds on the mandates and experience of both agencies, independently and jointly, and aims to gather practitioners from different backgrounds, institutions, policy areas and contexts around the issue of migration and development. In order to build on the opportunities brought by the participation of actors from diverse backgrounds, institutions, policy areas and contexts, the training will privilege a truly participative approach, where the exchange of views and experiences will be central in the learning process. Similarly, a multidisciplinary approach, based on the intervention of experts and institutions focusing on particular aspects of the M&D nexus, such as human rights and protection of migrants' rights, and labour migration, will help to ensure that the learning methods are in line with the building blocks of the mainstreaming approach. Other agencies from the Global Migration Group (such as UNDP and UN Women) might also be involved in the delivery of the training.

Who attends this course?

The course is designed for key stakeholders dealing with migration and development issues and more specifically: - Officials, policy-planners and practitioners from public institutions (including local and regional authorities) and ministries dealing with migration policies and/or development planning processes at local and national level; - Practitioners addressing the linkages between migration and development; - Representatives of workers' and employers' organisations as well as representatives of civil society organizations (CSOs), including diaspora organization; - Officials, managers and experts from international development agencies.

Key Features

An action-oriented, highly participative approach will be used, with particular attention devoted to sharing international experiences with a view to their adaptation and practical application. Particular attention will be paid to the presentation of “good practices” through case studies reflecting experiences already gained locally and internationally.


An innovative e-learning experience combining self-paced modules, webinars and discussions, case studies, forum debates, role-play exercises and group work using up-to-date learning methods and technologies.


Learning begins at own pace, continues through high-quality, engaging “real time” sessions and ends with an individual assignment.


Practitioners from different parts of the world and different background will join the e-learning to share with participants their concrete experience and actions on how establishing fair recruitment practices.


The objectives of the course are the following:

  • To enhance the understanding of actors from different backgrounds, institutions, policy areas and contexts on the links between migration and sectoral policies.
  • To strengthen the capacity of participating actors to enhance policy coherence through multi-stakeholder mechanisms.
  • To understand the importance and application of a rights-based approach in the governance of migration in mainstreaming mechanisms.
  • To promote an understanding of the mechanisms, opportunities and challenges related to the engagement of migrants in development-related policy and planning, throughout the whole migration cycle.
  • To foster dynamics aiming to build policy coherence throughout different levels of governance, from the local to the national, informing also regional and global M&D processes and debates.
What will I be able to do?

At the end of completing this course, participants will have an understanding of:

  • The concept of development beyond economic growth
  • How migration is reflected in the SDG’s
  • Specific migration-related issues – migration for employment, remittances, brain-drain, diaspora networks and their linkages with development
  • The broader socio-economic impact of migration and how this impacts on development
  • The concept of mainstreaming – what it means and what the implications are
  • A proposed step-by-step approach to mainstreaming migration in development planning
  • Key requirements to successfully implement a mainstreaming process
  • The importance of applying these concepts and ideas in a specific context
What topics does this course cover?

The following are some of the questions that will be addressed during the course.

  • What exactly are the linkages between migration and development? 
  • What do we mean by development? 
  • What do we mean by mainstreaming? 
  • In terms of mainstreaming migration into development planning, what kind of process(es) can we implement to ensure a successful outcome?
What is the course format?

The course consists of a number of online modules offered through the ITCILO e-Campus online platform to be completed over a period of six weeks, from 25 OCTOBER–3 DECEMBER 2021, for an estimated 60 learning hours. The course is broken down into three phases:

Flexible learning: (asynchronous) self-guided online learning on e-campus, forum of discussion facilitated by experts and assessment throughout the different phases of the course.

“Real time” learning (synchronous): Live interactive sessions and engaging video presentations by highly experienced trainers, blended with individual and collaborative group exercises, peer-to-peer assessment and online technical forums on e-campus.

End of course assignment: Individual assignment applying the teachings acquired during the course

 Participants who successfully complete all assessments and the final assignment will receive a Certificate of Achievement. The passing grade is 60/100

Language requirements

The course is offered in English.

What will I be required to do during the course?

Course learning materials and tuition will be offered in English. The following requirements are therefore essential to participate in this course:

  • the ability to use and access a computer with internet
  • working knowledge of written English 
  • the availability to dedicate per week between 5-10 hours to the course
Costs and Payment

The cost of participation is 950 EUR, and is payable in advance by the participant or his or her sponsoring organization.


Applicants should complete the online nomination form no later than 22 October 2021, supported by a nomination letter from the sponsoring institution indicating how the participant will be financed. The form can be found at https://oarf2.itcilo.org/DST/A9713747/en