Harnessing Migration, Remittances and Diaspora for Financing Sustainable Development
This seminar takes place against the backdrop of the intergovernmental negotiations at the United Nations General Assembly for the 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development (Addis Ababa, July 13-16, 2015) and the United Nations Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda (New York, September 2015). The seminar will explore how migration and remittances can be leveraged to raise financing for sustainable development via reducing remittance costs, lowering labor migration costs including recruitment costs, and mobilizing diaspora savings and diaspora philanthropic contributions. A special focus will be on the reduction of recruitment costs, which can generate significant savings in the hands of migrant workers and their families. The seminar will also look closer at the linkages between migration and development in the case of Turkey.