Integrating migration in the post-2015 UN Development Agenda

Read below the introduction of a paper by the Global Migration Group on migration and the post-2015 agenda, entitled ‘Integrating migration in the post-2015 UN Development Agenda’:

As the United Nations (UN) is convening its second High-level Dialogue on International Migration and  Development in October 2013, the Global Migration Group (GMG) calls on Member States to seize this opportunity to firmly anchor their approach to migration in the three fundamental principles of human  rights, equality, and sustainability, and to make migrants and migration issues an integral part of the development agenda succeeding the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).


The international community is working to reframe the global framework for sustainable development at a time when the world is experiencing significant demographic, social, political, cultural and economic  transformations. Many of these shifts also reflect, and are reflected in, changing patterns of migration and evolving modes of governance. With an estimated one out of seven persons on the planet engaged  in some form of mobility – across borders or within their country – migration is a central component of  current population dynamics and is a key enabler for development at the global level. Today there are  an estimated 232 million international migrants1 , and the number is expected to rise to 405 million by  2050. 2 In 2012, international migrants sent some USD 400 billion in remittances to their families and  communities in developing countries, representing more than three times the level of official  development assistance. 3 These figures suggest that the contributions of migrants to development are  far more significant than is often acknowledged, and that the number of people that depend on  migrants and migration for their livelihoods and well-being is growing.

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