Working paper

Strengthening the Migration-Development Nexus through Improved Policy and Institutional Coherence


Amy Hong, Anna Knoll


The research community has thus far given the topic of policy and institutional coherence for migration and development (PICMD) little attention. Responding to this gap, this paper aims to provide a conceptual framework for PICMD. Beginning with a broad overview of policy coherence for development (PCD) and its evolution since the 1990s, this paper proposes a three-part working definition of PICMD. It defines policies coherent for migration and development as those that (1) pursue synergies to advance shared objectives, (2) actively seek to minimize the negative side effects of policies, and (3) prevent policies from undermining each other or the achievement of agreed-upon development goals