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OECD Development Newsletter, July 2009


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Spotlight on Migration in Central America

The percentage of Nicaraguan immigrants in Costa Rica has quadrupled over 15 years, from 2% to 8% of the country's economically active population. This intensification of South-South migration is increasingly prevalent throughout Central America, including in countries like El Salvador and Panama. On June 25 in San José, Costa Rica, the OECD Development Centre and FLACSO (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales) organised a workshop entitled “Migration in Central America - Governance and links to labour markets” which focused on these trends. 

  Worker in El Salvador. Shared Interest
With rising levels of migration likely to impact development, efforts towards regional integration and trade with extra-regional countries are becoming crucial. One response has already come from the Central American Parliament which adopted the Guatemala Declaration to better understand migratory patterns in the region. However, workshop participants stressed the need for more coordination and medium-term planning.

Take a look at the website and read the papers and presentations.
Get to know more on the Latin American Economic Outlook 2010, which will be focused on migration.
Is the US Dollar empire falling?
The majority of countries keep their international reserves in foreign currencies. How safe are those reserves? What are the role and prospects of reserve currencies? Watch Head of Research Helmut Reisen tackle these issues at the Saint-Petersburg International Economic Forum. Reisen also looks into the likelihood of the Chinese currency, renminbi, overtaking the dollar as the world's reserve currency, just as the dollar replaced the sterling pound in the 20th centrury. 
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Recent Development Centre publications

Are all Migrants Really Worse off in Urban Labour Markets? The case of China

The massive increase in rural-to-urban worker flows to the coast of China has drawn attention to the welfare of migrants working in urban regions, particularly to their working conditions and pay. Of particular concern is pay discrimination against rural migrants. Read about it here.

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Presentation of the OECD Latin American Economic Outlook 2010: Migration and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean - at the XIXth Iberoamerican Summit of Heads of State and Governments.
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