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.
Migration Policy Practice is a bimonthly journal published jointly by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Eurasylum Ltd.
The United Nations is in the process of preparing its 2013 World Youth Report (WYR) on Youth Migration and Development.