Migration movements are a major global challenge. Nevertheless migration and immigration development policies are often incoherent with development goals. Links between these policy fields on governmental and non-governmental level are very rare. The same applies for cooperation between state actors, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and Diaspora organisations.
The transnational Initiative CoMiDe aims to enhance coherent migration and development policies at the European level and in four European countries. Furthermore its objective is to initiate cooperation between development NGOs, migrant organisations and communities in Italy, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Austria. Ultimately, in the international debate, (illegal) migration should be considered a result of global inequality.
The CoMiDe Initiative started in April 2011. The three-year project is funded by the European Commission. Project partners are the Peace Institute - Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies (Slovenia), COSPE - Cooperazione per lo Sviluppo dei Paesi Emergenti (Italy), Society Development Institute (Slovakia), and Südwind Agentur (Austria). The VIDC (Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation) is the lead agency.