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.



Coherence at working level

This section deals working level policies and practices. It moves through the various stages of the migration cycle from pre-departure through to migration, stay in the receiving country and return home. It identifies various ways in which international development actors have sought to find synergies in these two fields. The boundaries between policies, practices, initiatives, projects and so on are particularly blurred at this level, as it is often difficult to distinguish where policy ends and operations start. The section examines a range of measures in the hope of prompting ideas for new policy direction among those seeking to integrate migration and development agendas.


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