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Offers insights on the GFMD and its growing relevance for the global debate on migration and development, and for the global governance of migration
A practical guide for migration policies linked to development outcomes
Analysis of the processes of international cooperation on migration and development
Stimulus and guide for future research in the areas of migration and development
This volume is the first in a new Springer series to examine one of humanity’s most pressing concerns: global migration and its implications for development. As population mobility grows in an ever more crowded world, the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) has emerged as the most important global mechanism to deal with the urgent challenges it presents. This book explores fresh strategies proposed by the GFMD in its fourth year of operation in Mexico and beyond. Interrogating the relationship between migration and development, the papers advance the Global Forum’s aims of reducing poverty and empowering low-income families everywhere.
In 2010, there were 214 million international migrants worldwide, nearly two and a half times the number in 1965. By 2050, international migration is likely to expand sharply in scale, reach and complexity, due to growing demographic disparities, environmental change, shifting global political and economic dynamics, technological innovations and social networks. Migration can bring substantial gains to families in less-developed countries, and mobile labor is an axiomatic feature of the global economy. Yet outward migration of skilled workers can seriously retard development at home, and exert pressure on wages in host nations. Balancing these and other conflicting concerns requires the substantive and expert discourse offered in this book.
Contributors discuss, and propose concrete solutions to, vital issues such as the debilitating costs of cross-border labor recruitment and the provision of social and income protection for foreign contract workers. With suggestions on how to facilitate connections between transnational families, and gender- and family-sensitive immigration regimes, this book aims to foster collaborative intergovernmental links as well as partnerships between governments, civil society and international organizations. It shows how the GFMD can positively influence policy and institutional behavior while addressing wider systemic factors in protecting mobile workers.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Civil society - Climate change and migration - Economic and social development - Gender and family migration - Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) - High income countries - Human rights - IOM - Irregular migration - Labor mobility - Low income countries - Mexico - Migration and development - Migration cycle - Migration health - Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) - Poverty reduction - Social protection - Temporary, circular and mixed movements
Acronyms and Abbreviations.- Foreword: William Lacy Swing.- 1. Introduction: Reflections on Migration and Development: Irena Omelaniuk.- 2. Reducing Migration Costs and Maximizing Human Development: Philip Martin.- 3. TEXTBOX 1: Circular Migration as a Development Tool: The Mauritian Approach: Ali Mansoor, Anil K. Kokil, Vivekanandsingh Joysuree.- 4. TEXTBOX 2: Final Report from Sweden’s Parliamentary Committee for Circular Migration and Development: Stephen Dippel: 5. Social Protection for Temporary Migrant Workers: What programs serve them best?: Robert Holzmann, Yann Pouget: 6. TEXTBOX 3: Strengthening Migration Health Management In Sri Lanka: IOM Geneva, IOM Sri Lanka and Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka.- 7. Migration, Gender and Family: Juan Carlos Calleros.- 8. TEXTBOX 4: Measuring the household effects of temporary overseas work: A survey by the United Arab Emirates: Jean D’Cunha.- 9. Irregular migration: Causes, Patterns and Strategies: Stephen Castles, Magdalena Arias Cubas, Chulhyo Kim, Derya Ozkul.- 10. Climate Change, Migration and Development: Susan Martin and Koko Warner.- 11. Assessing the impact of migration policies on economic and social development: Khalid Koser.- 12. Regional and Inter-Regional Processes: Advancing the Discourse and Action on Migration and Development: Maureen Achieng.- 13. Civil Society, the Common Space and the GFMD: Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie.- 14. The GFMD and the Governance of International Migration: Kathleen Newland.