Our Mission

Strengthening knowledge on Migration and Refugee issues as a source for Inclusive Development.

 

Background

Migrants and Refugees can positively contribute to the development of communities back at home or in their new places of residence, thanks to their skills, capabilities, and entrepreneurial spirit.

In order to respond to a growing-policy need for a common approach to promoting the inclusion of migrants and refugees that recognizes their contribution to development, UNITAR, together with some of its partners, has been working on different initiatives. These are aimed at strengthening the competences required by policymakers and practitioners for overcoming some of the challenges on economic and social inclusion for migrants and refugees while understanding the benefits of promoting their socioeconomic inclusion because of its nexus to sustainable development.

Besides of having actively supported the Global Forum on Migration and Development, including for the celebration of the Mayoral Forum since its very beginning, the following tools can be highlighted:

  1. Knowledge Hub on Migration and Sustainable Development
  2. E-learning course on Entrepreneurship for Migrants and Refugees in English (Spanish version coming soon)
  3. E-learning course on Introduction to International Migration Law

Knowledge Hub on Migration and Sustainable Development

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The Migration and Sustainable Development Knowledge Hub is a tool to promote a better understanding on the synergies between migration and sustainable development from their multidimensional and interdependent nature, under the capacity building perspective. It gathers information on training opportunities and existing material developed by UN entities with the aim of building the capacity of stakeholders involved in the GFMD process. 

At the request of Ecuador, this tool was developed by (UNITAR), endorsed by the GFMD Steering Group and co/sponsored by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). 

To access the Knowledge Hub, please click here.

Online Training

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E-learning course on Entrepreneurship for Migrants and Refugees

This e-learning course aims at strengthening the competences required by policymakers and practitioners for overcoming some of the challenges on economic and social inclusion for migrants and refugees while understanding the benefits of promoting entrepreneurship to this end because of its nexus to sustainable development. 

UNITAR, UNCTAD, UNHCR and IOM have joined efforts to offer this self-pace course. It is envisioned for 6 weeks, 60 hours, for professionals working on different fields, in particular policymakers and practitioners, not necessarily involved or familiar with all the three core elements of the course, -entrepreneurship, migrants, and refugees- but interested in better understanding the humanitarian-development nexus through capacity building. It has been prepared with a pedagogical approach through a methodology for adult training. 

For more information on this course and how to register, please click here

Please stay tuned for the 3rd iteration, as well as Spanish version of this course - coming soon!

 

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E-learning course on Introduction to International Migration Law

UNITAR and IOM joined efforts to put together this course with the aim of strengthening knowledge on International Migration Law, and its link with Human Rights Law, Refugee Law, International Humanitarian Law, and Criminal Law.

It includes aspects on the protection of migrants, while analyzing the timeframe and evolution of IML, as well as the relationship with the State sovereignty and laws pertaining to entry, residence, and exit.

In addition, it highlights the difference between different categories of migrants and recognizes their contextual issues and rights under international law. It also provides a general overview of the implementation of IML at regional and national levels (in a comparative perspective).

For more information on this course and how to register, please click here.

 

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