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). Existing approaches based on humanitarian, human rights and security perspectives need to be complemented with a development perspective. This is particularly true in the cases where forces driving migration intermingle with economic factors.

The Thematic Working Group (TWG) will contribute to clarifying the links between forced migration and development, focusing on areas where there are knowledge gaps, including on:

  • Interactions between economic and non-economic drivers of migration
  • Remittance behaviour of refugees, in particular, personal transfers sent to and from refugees
  • Impacts of refugees and IDPs on host communities and host countries
  • Economic opportunities (e.g., access to labor markets) and rights (e.g., access to health and education) for refugees and IDPs
  • Treatment of refugees and IDPs under the national law of a host country or an origin country, drawing on KNOMAD’s current Migration and the Law project.
T. Alexander Aleinikoff
The New School

Chair

Xavier Devictor
World Bank

Co-chair

Sonia Plaza
World Bank

Focal Point

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

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

2018

Migration and Development Brief

April 2017

Policy brief

Ana María Ibáñez, Andrés Moya, Kirsten Schuettler

2017

Policy brief

Roger Zetter, Héloïse Ruaudel, and Kirsten Schuettler

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

Synthesis Note

Ana Maria Ibáñez and Kirsten Schuettler

2016

Migration and Remittances Factbook

Dilip Ratha, Sonia Plaza, Ervin Dervisevic

2016