Despite increasing migratory flows, global mobility of the world’s population is limited . An international conference will debate the key aspects of migration for the development of mankind.
The objective of the Sixth International Conference, “Migration and Development”, is the “study of international migration flows and their impact on the development of the economies and societies of the countries affected by migration”.
There are 215 million people worldwide, who live in a different country other than their country of birth.
Many have left their homes and families for economic reasons and in search of work, while others were forced to leave by armed conflicts affecting their countries.
Many governments facing current economic and financial difficulties have, therefore, adopted restrictive measures against migration, without assessing the benefits this migratory phenomenon brings to the economy on both a national and international level.
Facing this reality, the United Nations have declared that these adopted policies, which do not take into account “the vulnerability, marginalisation and discrimination” of foreigners, are ensuring that “millions of migrants turn into unnecessary cheap labour force, and even into victims of the ill-defined war against ‘illegal migration’”.
It is for this reason that the “Migration and Development” conference , has been organised, aiming to assert how global society benefits from immigration.
Various topics concerning this migratory phenomenon, including the impact of social networks, the ‘brain drain’, international funds transfers, return migration, and the effect of immigration on poverty and inequality, will be addressed during these discussions.
The French Development Agency (AFD) Research Department, the Centre for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), the World Bank Development Research Group (DECRG) and the Centre for Global Development (CDG) are organising this conference for yet another year.
The conference, which can be followed via social networking, will take place at Ifrane (Morocco), on the 18th and 19th of May 2013.
For more information, please visit the event’s website: https://blogs.worldbank.org/peoplemove/files/peoplemove/callforpapers_-_6th_migration_and_development_conference_morocco_2013.pdf
(Translated by Loukia Katsiami)