Monday, September 9, 2013

Migration Policy Institute Launches Policy Brief Series that Examines Evidence of the Links between Migration and Development First Brief: Does Respect for Migrants’ Rights Contribute to Economic Development?

 Thee past decade has seen significant gains in what we know about the linkages between migration and development, including how international migration advances economic, social and political development. Against this backdrop, governments have been engaged in a multilateral conversation on international cooperation on migration, one that will take another step forward in early October with the UN General Assembly’s 2013 High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development. In advance of the High-Level Dialogue, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) will publish a series of policy briefs that distill accumulated evidence and experience and offer recommendations for policymakers on eight specific aspects of migration and development.

The first brief in the series, issued today, examines the evidence that respect for migrants’ rights, in addition to its intrinsic value, has economic benefits for countries of origin and destination. The policy brief, by MPI Non-Resident Senior Fellow and Center for Migration Studies Executive Director Don Kerwin, finds that respect for rights in migrant-origin countries can help secure remittances, attract other forms of diaspora investment and effect political and social change. While the evidence is less clear for destination countries, Kerwin concludes: “ Respect for migrant rights in receiving countries increases the socioeconomic well-being of immigrants and, thus, their potential to contribute to the development of sending and receiving communities.”

The High-Level Dialogue on Oct. 3 – 4 will offer governments, intergovernmental organizations and civil society the opportunity to advance actions that can lead to greater gains from migration at the global, regional and national levels.


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