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Expert Meeting: "Assessing the economic contribution of labour migration in developing countries as countries of destination"

 

 

23-24 February 2015

OECD Headquarters, Paris

  

Despite the importance of South-South migration, the empirical knowledge base on the economic impacts of immigration is almost exclusively founded on studies that have been carried out in OECD countries. To fill this gap, the OECD Development Centre and International Labour Organization (ILO) have launched a project co-financed by the European Union entitled "Assessing the economic contribution of labour migration in developing countries as countries of destination". The project will be implemented in ten low and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America until January 2018.

 

In the context of this project, the OECD Development Centre and ILO organised an international expert meeting on 23-24 February 2015 in order to consolidate the methodological foundation of the project. The meeting gathered twenty-eight migration experts academia, research institutions and international organisations from around the world. They discussed methodologies and identified available data and gaps. The topics included labour markets, human capital, productivity, production, entrepreneurship, economic growth, and public finances and goods (see below the Programme).

 

The comments, suggestions and results from this expert meeting helped build the basis for the next steps of the project.

 

ECLM Expert Meeting_opening remarks 2
From the right: Carl Dahlman, Head of Thematic Division, OECD Development Centre; Françoise Millecam, Acting head of Employment, Social Inclusion, Migration Unit, EC Directorate General for Development Cooperation; Mario Pezzini, Director, OECD Development Centre; Michelle Leighton, Chief of the ILO Labour Migration Branch; Theodoor Sparreboom, Chief Technical Advisor, ILO Labour Migration Branch; Shinyoung Jeon, Project Coordinator, Migration and Skills Unit, OECD Development Centre. 

 

ECLM Expert Meeting_Closing remarks 2
From the right: Sarah Kups, Economist, Migration and Skills Unit, OECD Development Centre; Jesse Mertens, Research Officer, ILO Labour Migration Branch; Çaglar Özden, Senior Economist, World Bank Development Research Group; Marcus Böhme, Economist, Migration and Skills Unit, OECD Development Centre; Nicola Harrington, Deputy Director, OECD Development Centre, giving a closing remarks;  David Khoudour, Head of Migration and Skills Unit at the OECD Development Centre; Cyril Cosme, Director, ILO’s office in France. 

 

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