Sustainable Labour Migration Research Project

In December 2018, 163 countries adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). The GCM aims, among other things, to create a framework for comprehensive international cooperation on migration and human mobility. Transnational Skills and Mobility Partnerships (e.g. Global Skill Partnerships) are a concrete implementation idea included in this agreement. Transnational skills and mobility partnerships have the potential to improve sustainability, social acceptance and a more equitable distribution of costs and benefits of labour migration for all stakeholders involved. Against this background, the Department of Social Policy and Social Protection is conducting a one-year research project on the sustainable and socially acceptable management of labour migration. In the corresponding country studies, the research project analyses different transnational qualification and mobility partnerships in Georgia, Kosovo and Vietnam, each with a view to migration paths to Germany.


The project has five core components:

1. the desk review study comprises a systematic literature review focusing on the inventory of sustainable labour migration concepts, terminologies and new trends in international discourse and provides the basis for the methodological framework and research design of the study.

2. in the context of the country case studies, empirical data will be collected on the perceptions of the actors involved in Transnational Skills and Mobility Partnerships.

3. The reflection on indices for measuring labour migration and its impact on sustainable development will identify possible gaps and areas for potential improvement and generate corresponding recommendations for further development.

4. this component will develop a conceptual framework for capacity building of stakeholders in line with the findings and recommendations of our research. The curriculum for fair/ethical recruitment is one component of this framework. In collaboration with stakeholders from partner countries, this curriculum will be designed based on a problem-based and case-based methodology and made available for further implementation.

The first results and recommendations of the research project will be presented in a public panel discussion and symposium at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences in Sankt Augustin on 23 and 24 March 2022.

The research project will run until the end of April 2022. It is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) from the "Migration and Diaspora Programme" of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.