Forced Migration and Development

Forced migration understood in the broadest sense is a challenging and complex topic, encompassing different groups of people, fleeing from persecution or conflict, escaping environmental change, natural or human made disasters, migrating because of development projects or being deported or trafficked. Only a sub-set of these persons falls within UNHCR’s mandate, which includes refugees, asylum seekers, stateless persons and internally displaced persons (IDPs). More and more displaced persons are in protracted situations. Existing approaches based on humanitarian, human rights and security perspectives are failing to provide sustainable solutions on a larger scale. There are also important knowledge gaps from a development perspective.

The Thematic Working Group (TWG) contributes to clarifying links between forced migration and development and related policy issues. The TWG focuses on refugees and IDPs due to conflict, violence and persecution as it can help contribute to a paradigm shift in this area. The objective is to develop evidence-based policy options for protracted displacement situations.

 

Areas of Focus

a) Impacts of refugees and IDPs on host communities and host countries

b) Personal transfers send to and from refugees and IDPs

c) Economic opportunities for refugees and IDPs

d) Global Architecture for refugee assistance and protection

T. Alexander Aleinikoff
The New School

Chair

Ana María Ibáñez
Universidad de los Andes

Vice-chair

Xavier Devictor
World Bank

Co-chair

Kirsten Schuettler
World Bank

Focal Point

Volker Türk
UNHCR

Co-Chair

Seminar

February 28, 2017, Washington DC

Panel Discussion

March 17, 2016, Washington DC

Workshop

February 12, 2016, Washington DC

Seminar

October 29, 2015, Washington DC

Seminar

September 29, 2015, Washington DC

Workshop

September 8, 2014, Washington DC

Migration and Development Brief

Dilip Ratha, Supriyo De, Sonia Plaza, Ganesh Seshan, Nadege Desiree Yameogo, Eung Ju Kim

2018

Working paper

Susan F. Martin, Rochelle Davis, Grace Benton and Zoya Waliany

2018

Working paper

Leon Isaacs, Sarah Hugo, Gemma Robson, Charlie Bush, Poppy Issacs and Iñigo Moré Martinez

 

2018

Migration and Development Brief

April 2017

Working paper

Ana María Ibáñez, Andrés Moya, Julián Arteaga

2017

Working paper

Emilio Depetris-Chauvin, Rafael J. Santos

2017

Migration and Development Brief

2017

Policy brief

Ana María Ibáñez, Andrés Moya, Kirsten Schuettler

2017

Policy brief

Roger Zetter, Héloïse Ruaudel, and Kirsten Schuettler

2017

Report

Dilip Ratha, Sonia Plaza, Çağlar Özden

September 2016

Migration and Remittances Factbook

Dilip Ratha, Sonia Plaza, Ervin Dervisevic

2016

Synthesis Note

Ana Maria Ibáñez and Kirsten Schuettler

2016