CMS, MPI, and Sweden Host “The Evidence Base for October’s High-Level Dialogue: What We Know About Migration & Development”

Credit: Rachel Reyes / Center for Migration Studies

Credit: Rachel Reyes / Center for Migration Studies

On October 3-4, 2013, the United Nations General Assembly will hold the second High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (HLD) during its upcoming sixty-eighth session.  Established through Resolution 63/225 in December 2008, the two-day meeting follows seven years after the first high-level convening on the same topic in 2006 and will build upon the annual state-led discussions that have taken place in the context of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) since 2007. It offers an opportunity for member states, intergovernmental organizations, and civil society to come together to discuss migration in a multilateral setting; and aims to produce tangible outcomes that foster cooperation at all levels to enhance the benefits of migration, minimize the negative impacts, and strengthen the links between migration and development.

In preparation for the high level event this autumn, the Center for Migration Studies (CMS) has partnered with the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) and the Government of Sweden to organize a day of speeches and panel discussions on key themes relevant to the HLD. The conference entitled, The Evidence Base for October’s High-Level Dialogue: What We Know About Migration & Development, is scheduled from 1:30pm-6:45pm on June 12, 2013 at UN Headquarters in New York.  It will feature rigorous assessments by government representatives, scholars and experts of the information gained about the relationship between migration and development in the past decade. Panel discussions will distill the accumulated evidence in critical policy areas, which include:

  • Circular migration and enhanced mobility
  • Role of diasporas in promoting development in their countries of origin/ancestry
  • Influence of demographic change on migration and development
  • Effect of remittances on economic growth and poverty reduction
  • Role of transnational networks in seeding innovation and private-sector development in countries of migrant origin
  • Impact of recruitment practices on the gains from migration
  • Relationship between climate change, environmental degradation, migration and development
  • Medium-to-long-term impact of large flows of low-wage labor migrants on the development of countries and regions of origin
  • Net effect of high-skilled emigration on countries of origin

The conference will also produce a succinct collection of policy memoranda on the above topics that offer prioritized policy recommendations; delineate the potential gains from successful implementation; and provide guidance on how to overcome potential obstacles.  The meeting and outcome documents are intended to help identify and address key issues for all stakeholders interested in the important nexus between migration and development, and to inform the upcoming HLD.

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Participant Bios