The main theme of the Tenth GFMD Summit to be held in Berlin on 28-30 June 2017 will be "Towards a Global Social Contract on Migration and Development". This theme signals the imperative to address and balance the interests of migrants and their countries of origin, transit and destination within the framework of safe, regular and orderly migration. It also reflects different governance levels, addressing national, international as well as cooperative strategies and aims at developing an understanding through inclusion of all stakeholders.

The GFMD 2017 debates will be structured around the following three sub-themes, spread over six roundtables:


  • Migration and Development through National Strategies: Enhancing the Effectiveness of Domestic Policies

Roundtable 1.1: Tools and Safeguards for Policy Coherence – Finding the right policy mix to balance different interests and objectives

Roundtable 1.2: From Global Agenda to Implementation – National Action Plans for migration-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • Migration and Development through Multilateral and Bilateral Partnerships: Creating Perspectives for Inclusive Development

Roundtable 2.1: Moving beyond emergencies – Creating development solutions to the mutual benefit of host and origin communities and displaced persons

Roundtable 2.2: Fostering the development impact of return migrants

  • Migration and Development: Finding strategies beyond the State

Roundtable 3.1: Raising the Global Talent Pool – Harnessing the Potential of the Private Sector for Global Skills Partnerships

Roundtable 3.2: Strengthening Cooperation – Enabling Civil Society Contributions in Migrant Integration


A Common Space and a Business Mechanism during the Forum meeting will ensure the dialogue among civil society, business actors and government representatives.