Migration and development is an integral part of the global political agenda. The available knowledge to enrich the international processes such as the Post 2015 debate and substantiate policy developments, remains however scattered. Such knowledge needs global anchoring and capacities to be produced, processed and disseminated. Switzerland is taking a lead role in addressing this situation by supporting the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development KNOMAD which is becoming an indispensable source for all stakeholders.
This month, a new migration and development brief, “Migration and Remittances – Recent Developments and Outlook”, has been published by the World Bank’s KNOMAD. The paper comprises chapters on trends, the Sustainable Development Goals as well as special part entitled “How Migration and Remittances Help Cope with Natural Disasters and Epidemics”.“Remittances to developing countries grew only marginally in 2015, as weak oil prices and other factors strained the earnings of international migrants and their ability to send money home to their families. Officially recorded remittances to developing countries amounted to $431.6 billion in 2015, an increase of 0.4 percent over $430 billion in 2014. The growth pace in 2015 was the slowest since the global financial crisis.” (KNOMAD, 2016)