Diaspora and Development

Enabling, Engaging and Empowering Diaspora for Development

The Masbate Youth & Migrants' Center was established in honor of Overseas Workers and the Filipino Youth in recognition of their important role in national and local development.

It was initiated with the support of the Government of Spain through the MDGF Joint Programme on Alternatives to Migration: Decent Jobs for Filipino Youth and in partnership with United Nations Country Team through the coordinative efforts of the International Organization for Migration, different agencies of the Philippine National Government, non-government organizations, and the private sector of Masbate.

Recognition of the linkages between migration and development is increasing. Maximizing the positive relationship between migration and development has long been a strategic focus in IOM’s operational work.

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Maximizing the positive relationship between migration and development has long been a focus of IOM’s work. It is especially relevant now, in this era of unprecedented mobility.


In order to carry out its vision of migration and development, IOM implements programmes in the form of capacity building for governments and communities, delivery of social programmes and community development.


Recognizing that nearly half of the world’s migrants are now women, IOM also takes into account the opportunities and challenges that this presents for migration and development activities, and presents a gender-specific focus for all remittance projects.


WMIDA Migrant Women for Development in Africa, a strategy of IOM to support migrant women from Western Sub-Saharan African countries residing in Italy and their associations willing to invest in the creation of self-sustainable small-to medium enterprises (SME), having a positive social impact on the target communities.

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The well-being of migrants' children left behind is of great concern. While no substitute can be found for their absent parents, their better access to education and health services as well as to improved communication with distant parents, may counteract some of the negative effects.

Beneficiaries of IOM’s migration and development programming include potential and returning migrants and their families, diaspora communities, local, regional, and national governments, and the private sector.

IOM supports a veterinary pharmacy run by the Elin youth group in Alinjugur, Kenya. The pharmacy is staffed by lab technician Musa Mohammed

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Worker's remittances have been channeled into different forms of investment such as stocks and money market instruments, and speculative real estate acquisitions. A new middle class has emerged among migrant workers and their families

Migrants and mobile populations benefit from an improved standard of physical, mental and social wellbeing, which enables them to substantially contribute towards the social and economic development of their home communities and host societies.

A Sudanese mother affectionately holds her baby during an IOM organized training on Reproductive Health for Sudanese Mobilizers.

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Migration and Development

MIDA Make a Move for Africa

(Migration for Development in Africa) MIDA seeks to respond to the ‘brain drain’ phenomenon in African countries through the creation and strengthening of sustainable links between diasporas and co

Migration and development are highly interdependent processes. Migration cannot be a substitute for development, and development is not necessarily dependent on migration. However, each of these two processes can profoundly influence the other.  If properly managed, migration acts as an enabler of the three pillars of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental.

IOM’s Vision on Migration and Development

Through its programme on migration and development, IOM aims to contribute to a better understanding of the links between international migration and development in order to harness the development potential of migration for the benefit of both societies and migrants and to contribute to sustainable development and poverty reduction.

IOM is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. As an intergovernmental body, IOM acts with its partners in the international community to: assist in meeting the operational challenges of migration, advance understanding of migration issues, encourage social and economic development through migration, and work towards effective respect of the human dignity and well-being of migrants. Thus, maximizing the positive relationship between migration and development has long been a focus of IOM’s work. This is especially relevant now, in this era of unprecedented mobility, when 1 billion of a total of 7 billion of world population are migrants.

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Migration Policy Practice

Migration Policy Practice is a bimonthly journal published jointly by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Eurasylum Ltd.

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World youth2013 UN World Youth Report

The United Nations is in the process of preparing its 2013 World Youth Report (WYR) on Youth Migration and Development.

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