Migration and development

Publications and papers


Interrelations between Public Policies, Migration and Development (2017)

Interrelations between Public Policies, Migration and Development is the result of a project carried out by the European Union and the OECD Development Centre in ten partner countries: Armenia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, the Dominican Republic, Georgia, Haiti, Morocco and the Philippines. The project aimed to provide policy makers with evidence on the way migration influences specific sectors – labour market, agriculture, education, investment and financial services, and social protection and health – and, in turn, how sectoral policies affect migration. The report addresses four dimensions of the migration cycle: emigration, remittances, return and immigration.

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Perspectives on Global Development 2017 : 
International Migration in a Shifting World

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.

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Tackling the Policy Challenges of Migration: Regulation, Integration, Development (2011)

by Jason Gagnon and David Khoudour-Castéras


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. 

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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. 

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Gaining from Migration: Towards a New Mobility System (2007)

by Jeff Dayton-Johnson, Louka T. Katseli, Gregory Maniatis, Rainer Münz and Demetrios Papademetriou


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.

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Policy Coherence for Development: Migration and Developing Countries (2007)


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.

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Papers and Policy Briefs


DEV Working Paper No. 312: South-South migration in West Africa: Addressing the challenge of immigrant integration (2012)

by Jason Gagnon and David Khoudour-Castéras

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.


DEV Working Paper No. 300: "Stay with us?" The impact of emigration on wages in Honduras (2011)

by Jason Gagnon

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.


DEV Working Paper No. 299: Continental Vs. Intercontinental Migration: An Empirical Analysis of the Impacts of Immigration Reforms on Burkina Faso (2011)

by Fleur Wouterse

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.


DEV Working Paper No. 298: The Impact of Migration Policies on Rural Household Welfare in Mexico and Nicaragua (2011)

by J. Edward Taylor and Mateusz Filipski

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).


International Labour Mobility: Opportunity or Risk for Developing Countries? (2008)

by Denis Dreschler (other languages: FRDE)

Migration is an integral part of globalisation. In the OECD, the percentage of people living outside their home countries more than doubled between 1985 and 2005. However, migration from developing to developed countries has also increased markedly, with important consequences on countries' development prospects. 


What are the migrants' contributions to employment and growth? A European approach (2007)

by Rainer Münz, Thomas Straubhaar, Florin Vadean and Nadia Vadean

In order to respond effectively to the challenges and opportunities of globalisation, European policy makers recognise that the EU has to become a more innovative and competitive economic player. One important tool for achieving this goal is immigration.


DEV Working Paper No. 250: Effects of Migration on Sending Countries: What Do We Know? (2006)

by Louka T. Katseli, Robert E.B. Lucas and Theodora Xenogiani

This paper, focusing mainly on European migration, provides an alternative review that aims to enhance our understanding of migration and its potential role for development. 


DEV Working Paper No. 249: Migration Policy and its Interactions with Aid, Trade and Foreign Direct Investment Policies: A Background Paper (2006)

by Theodora Xenogiani

It is recognised that migration can, under certain conditions, generate important net gains for the migrants' home countries. These gains may be in terms of growth and poverty reduction. 


Policies for Migration and Development: A European Perspective  (2006)

by Louka T. Katseli, Robert E.B. Lucas and Theodora Xenogiani (other languages: FR)

This policy brief highlights the importance of interlinking migration and development policies towards a more effective management of migration.  


New Migration Thinking for a New Century (2006)

by Demetrios G. Papademetriou and Doris Meissner

More countries are now significant players in the international migration system than at any time in history. For the biggest players, migration is sufficiently large to be fueling rapid, profound and highly visible social and cultural change. The vast majority of advanced industrial democracies are such players and the resulting transformation is happening almost literally before people’s eyes. 


Towards a coherent approach to immigrant integration policy(ies) in the European Union (2006)

by Marco Martiniello

The European Union displays a wide variety of ethno-cultural and national affiliations and identities. It has entered a process of “diversification of its diversity”, which calls for a specific European debate about European forms of diversity management.


Migration, Aid and Trade: Policy Coherence for Development (2006)

by Jeff Dayton-Johnson and Louka T. Katseli

The policy coherence for development agenda seeks to highlight the interactions among various policy domains and instruments (including aid, investment, migration, trade) and their joint impact upon developing countries.


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