Gallup World Poll

The Many Faces of Global Migration

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The Many Faces of Global Migration report is an introduction to what Gallup has unearthed by asking migrants and potential migrants worldwide about their lives. The data presented in this report are based on Gallup’s ongoing World Poll surveys in more than 150 countries, territories and regions and more than 750,000 interviews since 2005. As such, these findings provide an unprecedented look at the different push-and-pull factors that influence migration, the experiences of those who desire to migrate to other countries permanently or temporarily for work, those who are planning to go, those who are preparing to go, those who have already left, and those who have returned home – and what this means for governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders.



Migration, development and temporary work

The money that temporary workers earn in other countries is undeniably a lifeline for their families back home and, in many cases, for their economies. However, there are also profits in the skills and knowledge that temporary migrants could gain while abroad. If remittances are not invested productively at home, and returning migrants do not share what they have learned, the countries that send so many of their workers abroad stand to lose development gains they might get.


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