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The work of the Development Centre on international migration demonstrates the important gains for migrants as well as for sending and receiving countries.



Interrelations between Public Policies, Migration and Development of Partner Countries: Case Studies and Policy Recommendations

The OECD Development Centre is carrying out a three-year project, co-funded by the EU Thematic Programme on Migration and Asylum, on the interrelations between public policies, migration and development. The overall objective of the project is 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 project is based on ten country studies in Asia, Africa and Latin America. 

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OECD Development Centre will organise a workshop on “Interrelations between Public Policies, Migration and Development in Cambodia” in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 26 November.

OECD Development Centre will organise a workshop on “Interrelations between Public Policies, Migration and Development in Morocco” in Rabat, Morocco on 19 November.



David Khoudour and Lisa Andersson participated at the National Forum on Migration and Development, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on 23-24 October.

David Khoudour represented the OECD at the High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, in New York, United States, 3-4 October.



OECD Development Centre organised a workshop on “Interrelations between Public Policies, Migration and Development in Burkina Faso” in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on 24 September.

OECD Development Centre organised a workshop on “Interrelations between Public Policies, Migration and Development in Côte d’Ivoire” in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on 19 September.



OECD Development Centre organised a workshop on “Interrelations between Public Policies, Migration and Development in Georgia” in Tbilisi, Georgia on 25 July.

OECD Development Centre organised a workshop on “Interrelations between Public Policies, Migration and Development in Costa Rica” in San Jose, Costa Rica on 18 July.

OECD Development Centre organised a workshop on "Interrelations between Public Policies, Migration and Development in the Philippines" in Manila, the Philippines on 1 July.



David Khoudour-Castéras participated in a roundtable on “The Role of Migration in Development Strategies, in view of EU Preparations for the 2013 UN High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development and next steps in Broadening the Development-Migration Nexus”, organised by the European Commission  (EC), Brussels, 30 January.




David Khoudour-Castéras represented the OECD at the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) 2012, in Port Louis, Mauritius, 19 - 22 November.

Hyeshin Park participated in a roundtable on “EU Remittances for Developing Countries, Remaining Barriers, Challenges and Recommendations”, organised by the European Commission  (EC), Brussels, 8 November.


David Khoudour-Castéras participated in a Global Migration Seminar at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland, 12 March. He gave a presentation on the Development Centre's book, Tackling the Policy Challenges of Migration.




David Khoudour-Castéras and Jason Gagnon represented the OECD at the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) 2011 Concluding Debate, in Geneva, Switzerland, 29 November - 2 December. They presented the book "Tackling the Policy Challenges of Migration: Regulation, Integration, Development".



OECD Development Centre and the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) organised a conference for the launch of the OECD Development Centre book, “Tackling the Challenges of Migration: Regulation, Integration, Development”, at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. on 17 November 2011.



David Khoudour-Castéras presented the Development Centre's work on immigrant integration in the South at the GFMD thematic meeting on "From Evidence to Action - Facilitating South-South Labour Migration", organised by the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Government of Switzerland in Abuja, Nigeria, 17-18 October.



Jason Gagnon participated in a Conference on "West and Central African labour markets", organised by International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Dakar, Senegal, 22-23 September. He made a presentation on migration, labour markets and social cohesion.



David Khoudour-Castéras presented the Development Centre's work on the governance of migration at a workshop on "Migration Policies' Image and Representation in the Media and Public Debate in Europe since 1992", Centre de Recherche sur les Identités Nationales et l'Interculturalité (CRINI), Université de Nantes, 27 May.



David Khoudour-Castéras participated in the Consultation on "Migration and mobility for development - Towards a migrant-centered approach", European commission (EC), Brussels, 11 April.


Jason Gagnon participated in the Conference Migration: Economic Change, Social Challenge held at University College London, 6-9 April. He presented two papers:


David Khoudour-Castéras represented the Development Centre at the Seminar on Management of Labor Migration in Dakar, Senegal, 29-31 March. He made a presentation on South-South Labour Migration in West Africa.


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Tackling the Policy Challenges of Migration

Regulation, Integration, Development


This book contributes to the current debate on international migration by focusing on three elements in the standard policy dialogue: the regulation of migration flows, the integration of immigrants, in particular in developing countries, and the impact of labour mobility on development. More


                Latin American Economic Outlook 2010


The OECD Latin American Economic Outlook 2010 provides a fresh analysis of economic trends in the region with a particular focus on the role that international migration and remittances play in fostering development. More


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Gaining from Migration

Towards a New Mobility System


This report is a summary of recommendations that provide a road map to maximise the potential gains from migration. New ideas are offered for policies related to labour markets, integration, development co-operation and the engagement of diasporas. more information

Policy Coherence for Development

Migration and Developing Countries


This flagship publication identifies development bottlenecks caused by incoherent OECD country policies in developing and transition economies. It illustrates the joint impact on growth and poverty reduction of policies in four domains: aid, trade, migration and foreign investment. more information


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Working Papers

Although South-South migrants face much of the same discrimination and integration challenges as their South-North counterparts, South-South flows need to be analysed from a different standpoint.

This paper analyses the links between emigration and labour markets in Honduras by exploiting the variation in the labour supply over time. It finds that a 10% increase in emigration from Honduras increased wages in Honduras by  around 10%, an increase which is higher than previous findings in other countries  – but diminishing over time.

This working paper uses an agricultural household model to explore the impact of potential immigration policy reforms on the welfare of rural households in Burkina Faso.

This working paper presents findings from an evaluation of the impacts of immigration policies on the welfare of migrants and their families in migrant-sending countries, focussing on Mexico and Nicaragua (US policies in the first case and US and Costa Rican policies in the second).


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Related Documents


The Southward Shift in International Migration: Social Challenges and Policy Implications

“Quédate con nosotros”? The Impact of Emigration on Wages in Honduras

Migration: New Policies for Greater Gains

DEV Centre Policy Brief No 28: Migration, Aid and Trade: Policy coherence for development

DEV Centre Policy Brief No 30: Policies for Migration and Development: A European perspective

DEV Centre WP 249: Migration Policy and its Interactions with Aid, Trade, and Foreign Direct Investment Policies: A Background Paper

DEV Centre WP 250: Effects of Migration on Sending Countries: What Do We Know?


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