At a workshop on labour migration in Sri Lanka
Migration has increased and become more complex as a result
of globalisation. Never before have so many people lived outside their home countries. UN estimates
put the figure for 2010 at over 200 million – or 3% of the world's population.
Today's migrants include both highly qualified and unskilled
workers, students, and families. The legal status of migrants has also changed, with the group as a whole comprised of refugees and
internally displaced persons, and regular and irregular migrants.
The SDC aims to maximise the positive aspects of migration, while containing its negative effects. Migration can drive development if it is included in a well-organised and targeted way in development strategies.
The SDC has recently defined migration and development as
one of three global challenges that have to be
addressed. Even though the SDC has been working in
the field of migration for a long time, a
broader understanding of the phenomenon and its development potential has only been acquired over the last few years,
reflecting an international paradigm change towards a more positive view of migration.
The SDC’s activities in the field of migration are manifold. Although there is the thematic
section ‘Global Programme Migration and Development’ within the organisation, migration-relevant projects are also carried out by
other SDC departments and units.