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 June 12, 2013, the Center for Migration Studies (CMS) 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 second High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (HLD).  The conference entitled, The Evidence Base for October’s High-Level Dialogue: What We Know About Migration & Development, focused on prominent topics for the HLD, including: remittances, demographic change, recruitment practices, high-skilled emigration, circular migration, diasporas, migrant rights, and climate change and environmental degradation.  Panelists – ranging from government representatives to migration experts – provided rigorous assessments of the information gained about the relationship between migration and development in the past decade and identified key areas ripe for action in the next 5-10 years.  It offered an opportunity for member states, intergovernmental organizations, and civil society to come together to discuss migration in a multilateral setting; and aimed 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.

The following provides the event agenda and access to PDF versions of some of the statements and presentations delivered.  Video of the event is also available and provided below.

 

The Evidence Base for October’s High-Level Dialogue:
What We Know About Migration & Development

 June 12, 2013 | UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS
Conference Building, Conference Room-3 (Garden Level)

 

PARTICIPANT BIOS

AGENDA

1:15-1:30 Introduction and Goals

  • Kathleen Newland, Director, Migrants, Migration & Development, and Refugee Policy Programs, Migration Policy Institute

1:30-1:45 Demography and Destiny

  • Rainer Münz, Senior Fellow, Hamburg Institute of International Economics; Head of Research and Development, Erste Group Bank AG

1:45-2:45 What We Know About Development Gains from Migration

Remittance flows and diaspora groups can be powerful tools for development. This session asked what we know about how diasporas and remittances impact development, and how transnational networks and the private sector engagement can multiply the positive impacts of these tools.

Moderator: Rita Claverie Díaz de Sciolli, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Relations of the Republic of Guatemala

PANELISTS:

  • Dilip Ratha, Manager, Migration and Remittances Unit and CEO, Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development, World Bank
  • Kathleen Newland, Director, Migrants, Migration & Development, and Refugee Policy Programs, Migration Policy Institute
  • Sonia Plaza, Senior Economist, Economic Policy, Debt, & Trade Department, Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development, World Bank

3:00-4:00 What We Know About Labor Migration and Development

This session explored the evidence base on the impacts and net effects of low- and high-skilled labor migration on development. The discussion also considered the development gains that arise from circular migration.

Moderator: Imelda Nicolas, Chair, Commission on Filipinos Overseas

PANELISTS:

  • Michael Clemens, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
  • Graeme Hugo, Director of the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre, University of Adelaide

4:00-5:00 What We Know About New Challenges in Migration Policy

This panel considered the evidence surrounding some issues that have risen to new prominence in policy discussions. The discussion will focused on the costs of recruitment, the challenges and benefits of protecting migrants’ rights, and the relationship between migration and climate change.

Moderator: Michele Klein-Solomon, Permanent Observer to the UN, IOM

PANELISTS:

  • Dovelyn Agunias, Senior Policy Analyst, MPI
  • Don Kerwin, Executive Director, The Center for Migration Studies of New York
  • Susan Martin, Director, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University

5:00-6:00 Conclusions: Knowledge, Power, and Institutions: where does “What We Know” lead?

Moderator: Kathleen Newland, Director, Migrants, Migration & Development, and Refugee Policy Programs, Migration Policy Institute

PANELISTS:

  • Minna Ljunggren, State Secretary for Migration and Asylum Policy, Ministry of Justice, Sweden
  • Anne Richard, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, U.S. Department of State