International migration policies

Government views and priorities

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This report provides an overview of Government views and policies on international migration for 196 countries, including all 193 Member States, and three non-member States of the United Nations. The report describes Government views and policy intentions related to immigration and emigration, and how these have evolved over time with changing international migration patterns.




International migration is a global phenomenon that is growing in complexity, scope and impact. Today, most countries are simultaneously countries of origin, destination and transit of migrants, so that countries in both less and more developed regions face various challenges and opportunities associated with migration. Since the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in 1994, there has been a growing consensus that migration is an integral feature of global development in both sending and receiving countries. Most recently, the 2013 High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development has reaffirmed the importance of migration for development.


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