World Migration Report 2005

Costs and Benefits of International Migration

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Where are people migrating today and why? What are the implications for the world’s developing and industrialized economies? And what are the key issues facing policy makers in migrant origin, destination, and transit countries? World Migration 2005 analyses the effects of globalization, trade liberalization, economic integration and the widening gap between rich and poor nations on migration flows. It looks at the impact of the world’s 185 million migrants and their potential contribution to socioeconomic development and cultural enrichment both at home and abroad. And it identifies the multidimensional migration management policies needed by governments to create the optimal return to both migrants and society, while minimizing the abuses associated with irregular migration.



Managing migration in the wake of September 11: Implications for a cost-benefit analysis

A public survey conducted in the US in 2004 asked the question: “Should governments spend more to prevent illegal immigration?” The response among the groups surveyed was divided, with over half (55 per cent) of non-immigrants, and over a third (34 per cent) of immigrants responding in the affirmative. The fact that such a question was debated publicly is instructive.


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