Perspectives on Global Development 2017

International Migration in a Shifting World

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Perspectives on Global Development 2017 presents an overview of the shifting of economic activity to developing countries and examines whether this shift has led to an increase in international migration towards developing countries. The report focuses on the latest data on migration between 1995 and 2015, and uses a new three-way categorisation of countries. It describes the recent evolution of migration overall as well as by groups of countries according to their growth performance.It analyses what drives these trends and also studies the special case of refugees. It examines the impact on migration of migration policies as well as various sectoral policies in developing countries of origin as well as of destination, and studies the impact of migration on these countries. The report also develops four illustrative future scenarios of migration in 2030 and recommends policies that can help improve the benefits of migration for origin and destination countries, as well as for migrants. Better data, more research and evidence-based policy action are needed to prepare for expected increases in the number of migrants from developing countries. More needs to be done to avoid situations that lead to refugee spikes as well as to foster sustainable development.

English Also available in: French

Overview: International migration and development in a shifting world

OECD Development Centre

This overview chapter summarises the key findings and sets out the policy recommendations of this edition of Perspectives on Global Development which focuses on international migration. The report helps dispel the myths and enrich the debate on migration and development by highlighting the main trends and drivers of international migration in the context of shifting wealth; analysing the impact of migration on developing countries of origin and destination; making recommendations to governments in origin and destination countries, as well as to the international community, about policies that could help to improve the contribution of migration to development; and discussing potential scenarios on the future of migration. The overview chapter finishes by presenting a brief roadmap that describes the rest of the report.

English Also available in: French


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