Poverty reduction and social development

Conference on interrelations between public policies, migration and development


5-6 December 2013


The OECD Development Centre is carrying out a project, co-funded by the EU Thematic Programme on Migration and Asylum, on the Interrelations between public policies, migration and development of partner countries. This project aims to enhance the capacity of partner countries to incorporate migration into the design and implementation of their development strategies, through a better understanding of the links between sectoral policies and migration.


The conference was an opportunity to discuss recent developments concerning the implementation of the project and the future activities in partner countries. The specific aim of the conference was to discuss:

  •  The conceptual framework of the project

Aiming at improving the understanding of how international migration affects public policies, and conversely, how public policies affect migration, the conceptual framework demonstrates a matrix of possible interlinkages between migration and sectoral policies. This leads to envisage the need to better take into account the interrelations between migration and sectoral development policies.


  • The priority sectors to be studied in each country

The ultimate objective of the project is to contribute to the economic and social development of the countries. Public policies, thus, refer to specific sectors considered as key in sustaining economic and social development. The project identifies nine particular sectors that are important for economic growth, social cohesion and sustainability. The priority sectors on which the project should focus to deliver evidence-based analysis in each partner country will be defined.


  • The methodological framework for the case studies

The methodological framework developed serve to have common tools to measure i) the impact of public policies on migration in the partner countries; and ii) the implications of decisions adopted in relation to migration on other policy domains and on the socio-economic development of partner countries.


The project is carried out in the ten selected countries with the full ownership of relevant authorities. It is a state-owned and state-driven process, which implies that the main target group are the governments willing to contribute to the reflections on the link between migration patterns, migration policies and other sectoral policies. Final beneficiaries will be migrants in general from, or in, the partner countries benefitting from improved migration management, but also migrants’ households and communities.




Thursday, 5 December

Opening remarks:

- Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre
- Hélène Bourgade, Head of Unit DEVCO B3, Employment, Social Inclusion, Migration, European Commission
- Imelda M. Nicolas, Chairperson, Commission on Filipinos Overseas, Philippines

Session I – Interrelations between public policies and migration: conceptual framework


- David Khoudour, Head of the Migration and Skills Unit, OECD Development Centre

This initial session set the stage for the conference by presenting the OECD Development Centre’s project on the interrelations between public policies, migration and development of partner countries. The presentation covered the project’s objectives as well as a conceptual framework on the different interactions between public policies, migration and development.


Friday, 6 December

Session II – Sharing experiences of partner countries

This session gave policy makers and local partners the opportunity to share their experiences on the interrelations between public policies in prioritised sectors and migration (i.e. emigration/return and immigration). The issue of policy coherence was also discussed. The discussions helped translate the conceptual framework into an effective methodology for measuring the interrelations.


Session III – Elaboration of methodological framework


- Lisa Andersson, Economist, OECD Development Centre
- Jason Gagnon, Economist, OECD Development Centre
- Hyeshin Park, Policy Analyst, OECD Development Centre

This session focused on the methodologies used in the fieldwork in the partner countries. It introduced the outline and implementation of the quantitative surveys and qualitative interviews, and presented examples of how the interrelations between migration and the sectoral policies can be captured through empirical data collection.


Closing remarks:

- Freddy Montero, Deputy Minister, Ministry of the Interior and the Police, Costa Rica
- Hélène Bourgade, Head of Unit, Employment, Social Inclusion, Migration, European Commission
- Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre


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Countries list

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China (People’s Republic of)
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • European Union
  • Faeroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong, China
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Korea
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macao (China)
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia (Federated States of)
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Palestinian Administered Areas
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Serbia and Montenegro (pre-June 2006)
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Virgin Islands (UK)
  • Wallis and Futuna Islands
  • Western Sahara
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe