“Diasporas are an important channel to increase the economic gains of migration”, Klaus Zimmermann noted in his keynote lecture.
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05.01.2017

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The European Development Conference 2016 invited around 200 participants to Bonn, Germany, in December to discuss the impact of migration on development.

Migration has increased by 40 per cent over the last two decades. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 213 million people were living outside their countries of origin in 2010. Flows of people coming from developing countries are on the increase and comprise both legal economic migrants, refugees, asylum-seekers and illegal migrants. South-South migration flows are roughly as large as South-North flows.
And the annual amount of remittances, totalling USD 414 billion in 2014, is about three times as large as Official Development Assistance (ODA). Challenges posed by migrants in recipient countries have resulted in resistance to migration in some cases, such as in the USA, the UK or Austria. The “toxic policies” of these countries called for rational policy debate informed by research, Stefan Klasen, President of the European Development Research Network (EUDN), told the European Development Conference 2016 in Bonn, Germany. The event, which focused on “Migration and Development”, was organised by EUDN and the Bonn-based Center for Development Research (ZEF).

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