The Global Forum for Migration and Development (GFMD) is a voluntary consultative process in which governments can share their various experiences in migration and development. It is meant to enhance dialogue and international cooperation, and to foster practical and action-oriented outcomes. The Tenth GFMD Summit was co-chaired by Germany and Morocco and held in Berlin, 28-30 June 2017. The main theme was “Towards a Global Social Contract on Migration and Development”, with three sub-themes:
- National Strategies: Enhancing the Effectiveness of Domestic Policies
- Multilateral and Bilateral Partnerships: Creating Perspectives for Inclusive Development
- Finding strategies beyond the State
The Holy See, represented by Fr Michael Czerny S.J., contributed to the two roundtables discussing the second theme, “Moving beyond emergencies – Creating development solutions to the mutual benefit of host and origin communities and displaced persons” and “Fostering the development impact of returning migrants”. Fr Czerny is Under-Secretary of the Migrants & Refugees Section at the Dicastery for promoting Integral Human Development. The Holy See participated in the 10th GFMD as a contribution to the development of global policies that deepen the bonds of solidarity between migrants and their countries of origin and of destination.