Contributions to the Contemporary Debate on Migration and Development GFMD – 2008

Input to the 2nd Global Forum on Migration and Development


authors: Frans Bouwen, Khalid Koser, Antoine Meyer, Yulia Poskakukhina, Aimee Rindoks, Auke Witkamp
language editors: Ian Curry-Sumner, Philip Rudge
Partner: Western Union 

Publication date: September 2008


The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration composed this document as input to the 2nd Global Forum on Migration and Development, held in Manila in October 2008.

The document has two main sections:
1. Inclusive Processes – Coherent Policies: The need to include local governments and to consider the links between migration and health
2. A Compilation of Reflections on the 2008 GFMD Roundtable Themes

The document also includes action points on:
– How to create inclusive policy processes, particularly including local governments
– Coherent policies on migration, development and health
– Strengthening policy relevance of research on migration, development and health

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Migrants’ Remittances and Development: Myths, Rhetoric and Realities

Author: Bimal Ghosh
Partner: International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Publication date: 2006


Despite, or partly because of, the widening interest in remittances, the debate on the subject continues to be complex, and not infrequently confusing. For less affluent countries remittances hold significant potential for the promotion of family welfare and development, but excessive reliance on them also entails pitfalls. In the past, the development role of remittances has often been downplayed, and today the trend seems to be in the opposite direction. Clearly, an overemphasis either on the promises of remittances or on their pitfalls makes the debate unduly confusing and adds to the dilemma of policymakers.

The present study, prepared at the request of the Hague Process on Refugees and Migration (THP) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) highlights the ways in which the development potential of remittances could be most effectively used, while avoiding the possible risks. In doing so, it seeks to help promote a more balanced approach to the issue of remittances and development, which, as indicated above, is now high on the global economic agenda.

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