About

The Global Migration Group (GMG) is an inter-agency group bringing together heads of agencies to promote the wider application of all relevant international and regional instruments and norms relating to migration, and to encourage the adoption of more coherent, comprehensive and better coordinated approaches to the issue of international migration. The GMG is particularly concerned with improving the overall effectiveness of its members and other stakeholders in capitalizing upon the opportunities and responding to the challenges presented by international migration.

About us

Briefing of United Nations Member States on the activities of the Global Migration Group. (© IOM 2007. Photo: Anke Strauss)

GMG Multi-Annual Work Plan 2016-2018 (working document as at 15 September 2016)

Decisions adopted by Principals following the internal review of the GMG (3 July 2013)

GMG Prioritized Terms of Reference

GMG Working Methods

Background

The GMG was established by the United Nations Secretary-General in early 2006 in response to a recommendation of the Global Commission on International Migration for the establishment of a high-level inter-institutional group of agencies involved in migration-related activities. The GMG was created by building on an existing inter-agency group with a more limited membership, the Geneva Migration Group, which was established in April 2003. At present, the Group is comprised of 22 UN entities.

Apart from sustaining the inter-agency cooperation in the field of international migration, the Group also contributes to the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), an intergovernmental process that emerged after the General Assembly High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development in September 2006.

The GMG meets at regular intervals. The Chair is held on a rotating basis by the executive heads of its member organizations.

Present Chair

January-December 2017 -  United Nations University (UNU).

Former Chairs

January-December 2016 - UN Women. Click here for the Chair's report.

January-December 2015 - The World Bank. Click here for the Chair's report.

January-December 2014 - International Labour Organization. Click here for the Chair's report.

July-December 2013 - International Organization for Migration. Click here for the Chair's report.

January-June 2013 - United Nations Regional Commissions, coordinated by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. Click here for the Chair's report.

July-December 2012 - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Click here for the Chair's report.

July-December 2011 - United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Click here for the Chair's report.

January-June 2011 - United Nations Children's Fund. Click here for the Chair's report.

July – December 2010 - Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Click here for the Chair's report.

January - June 2010 - United Nations Development Programme. Click here for the Chair's report.

June - December 2009 - United Nations Institute for Training & Research

July - December 2008 - United Nations Conference on Trade & Development

January - June 2008 - United Nations Population Fund. Click here for the Chair's report.

July - December 2007 - United Nations Department of Social & Economic Affairs. Click here for the Chair's report.

January - June 2007 - International Organization for Migration. Click here for the Chair's report.

July - December 2006 - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

January - June 2006 - United Nations Conference on Trade & Development