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Migration and Development

Achieving Policy Coherence

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Policy coherence between migration and development agendas is of increasing interest in current times; there is growing recognition that migration policies should support rather than hinder investment in international development. The aim of this study is to build on existing international research and take the analysis to the next higher level showing how these connections can be made in practice. Policy makers often focus on remittances as the main means of translating the migration-development nexus into reality. However, this paper shows that there are many stages in the migration cycle, from departure to return and reintegration back home, that present opportunities to make migration more “development friendly” and, conversely, to raise development awareness of migration factors.

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Coherence at institutional level

There is growing recognition of the need for coherence at institutional level, i.e. at high levels of government, both in terms of coordination among departments and harmony in strategies. Some receiving countries, such as the UK and The Netherlands, have sought to foster greater institutional coherence by adopting policy frameworks, setting up cross-governmental coordination mechanisms and enhancing analytical capacity. Though such countries are able to demonstrate greater policy coherence than others, progress remains limited largely owing to inherent tensions between the different objectives and departments dealing with migration and development policy, respectively. Migration policy takes centre stage in the domestic agenda and is not easily amenable to other concerns; promoting international development is a secondary priority.

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