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.




This paper is the result of a research project on “development friendly” migration policies IOM undertook on behalf of the Development Prospects Group of the World Bank. A number of people contributed to this research project. Irena Omelaniuk, Senior Adviser to the World Bank, developed the concept for the project, and Frank Laczko, Head of IOM’s Research Division, supervized its implementation, Jobst Koehler, Research Officer, at IOM HQ in Geneva, project coordinator, prepared a detailed review of the literature together with Frank Laczko prior to the implementation of case studies.


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