With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, migration was acknowledged as an integral component and factor for global and sustainable development for the first time. The Swiss Civil Society Platform on Migration and Development “mdplatform.ch” was founded in 2015 with the aim of encouraging discussions about areas where migration and development overlap and intersect. It helps its members share their work and experiences at an international level and become involved in consultation exercises at both a national and international level. With a membership of over 70 NGOs, it is thus committed to ensuring that Swiss civil society contributes to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the area of migration.
This contribution is varied as the topic of migration feeds into more than 11 targets. For example, target 10.7 calls for orderly, safe, and regular migration. The vulnerability of people in transit, refugees, or those seeking work is addressed in many goals too, including in goal 16 for more peaceful and inclusive societies.
The implementation of the SDGs requires migrants to get involved too. In this respect, the ongoing multilateral dialog on migration (Global Compact on Refugees, Global Compact on safe, regular and orderly migration) aims to not just improve the protection of migrants, but also ensure their rights and capacity to help shape their own destiny. Given the heated political debates and growing xenophobia, a committed, enlightened, and positive-minded Swiss civil society is of vital importance.