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Migration and Development

International migration will remain a key feature of the global economy in the years ahead. OECD just produced new evidence on global trends and on migration-related policies in developing countries. Find out more below on how to better manage migration for the benefit of all, ensuring more winners and fewer losers.

Interrelations between Public Policies, Migration and Development

Migrants make a positive contribution to development in both their countries of origin and destination as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognises. Yet, this contribution remains limited in many cases. One reason is that public authorities are often unaware of the effects of migration on their areas of competency and, conversely, of the effects of their policies on migration. Read the publication online

Perspectives on global development 2017

While the share of global migrants originating from developing countries has remained fairly stable at around 80% over the last 20 years, the share of developing country migrants heading to high-income countries has jumped from 36% to 51% of the world total. The report documents the impact of migration on developing countries and discusses policies that can help maximise gains from it and foster development. Read the publication online

The economic effects of labour immigration in developing countries

Find out how immigration may affect labour market, entrepreneurship, human capital, productivity, economic growth, the exchange rate, trade, prices, public finance and public goods in host countries. Read the publication online

Gender and Skilled Immigration: Challenges and Recommendations
With population ageing occurring in all advanced industrial nations, immigration policy is one key way to augment the skill base of domestic labour forces. Though the economic benefit of skilled immigration for receiving states has been a central policy focus globally, the equity considerations of such policies have attracted less attention. Yet, in the global race for human capital, gender equality matters. Read more...
Human migration, environment and climate change
Environmental migration is a fact. Most countries experience some form of migration associated with environmental and climate change, or forced immobility for those populations that end up trapped. Sudden-onset disasters as well as slow-onset environmental change taking place around the world, whether natural or manmade, profoundly affect migration drivers and migration patterns, even though the relationship between concrete environmental factors and migratory response is seldom direct and linear. Read more..