‘Migration: a driver of development’ - new video and podcast by ODI

April 2019

Amy Leach, Senior Communications Officer, Migration and Displacement, Overseas Development Institute, London, UK │ a.leach@odi.org.uk 

Migration can be a transformative force for economic and social development, generating growth and driving opportunities for all. Yet the challenge faced by governments, in navigating the political trade-offs between the needs and priorities of migrants and those of their host communities, has never been more complex.

Building on ODI's work on migration and sustainable development, ODI's recent panel event, held on the 11 March, considered a series of concrete proposals to address these challenges and make the most of the opportunities that human mobility can bring - to those who move and those who stay.


Chaired by Marta Foresti, Director of ODI's Human Mobility Initiative, joined by Shanta Devarajan, Senior Director for Development Economics at the World Bank, Pietro Mona, Ambassador for development, forced displacement and migration at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Barbara Rambousek, Director for Gender & Economic Inclusion at the EBRD and Michael Clemens, co-director of migration, displacement, and humanitarian policy at the Center for Global Development.


Moving from policy to practice, what will it take for multilateral organisations to integrate the realities of human mobility into their lending, investments and operations? How can governments manage increasing domestic pressures to reduce immigration, while contributing to collective international efforts to improve migration governance? And what can be done to shape policies and interventions to specific groups of migrants, like women, who face many challenges when entering new labour markets?


Watch the video and podcast from the event here