Global migration remains high. One of the goals of Swiss international cooperation is to reduce the drivers of forced and irregular migration, improve protection for migrants and refugees, and exploit the potential of migration for developing local economies. To this end, Switzerland incorporates all of its international cooperation instruments and bases its work on a strategic link between international cooperation and migration policy.
The pressure to migrate remains high. Switzerland's International Cooperation Strategy 2021-24 addresses the drivers of forced and irregular migration. Regular migration, which is legal, is important for the development of countries and poverty reduction – remittances from migrants sent back to their home countries, for example. It is in Switzerland's interests to reduce forced and irregular migration, and to protect migrants and refugees. This also impacts positively on economic and social development in developing countries.