World Migration Report 2013: Migrant Well-Being, links to development and post-2015

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has recently released a report entitled ‘World Migration Report 2013: Migrant Well-Being and Development’. Released ahead of the UN’s High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development, it examines global migration trends and their importance to the post-2015 process. Read the foreword below.

“The World Migration Report 2013: Migrant Well-being and Development ─ the  seventh report in IOM’s World Migration Report series ─ focuses on the migrant,  and on how migration affects a person’s well-being.

While most reports on migration and development look at the impact of  remittances sent back home by migrants, this report takes a different approach,  exploring how migration affects a person’s quality of life and his or her human  development across a broad range of dimensions.

The report presents findings from a unique source of data – the Gallup World  Poll surveys, conducted in more than 150 countries ─ allowing for the first-ever  assessment of well-being among migrants worldwide. These findings shed new  light on how migrants rate their lives, and on how they feel with regard to income,  employment, health, security and other dimensions relevant to their well-being.

Furthermore, the World Migration Report 2013 moves beyond the traditional  focus on migrants moving from lower-income countries to more affluent ones,  and presents findings for four key migration pathways (from the South to the  North, from the North to the South, between countries of the South, and between  countries of the North), as well as their implications for development.

The report concludes with a set of recommendations for future initiatives to  monitor migrant well-being and the impact of migration on development, with  reference to the inclusion of migration in the post-2015 global development  framework.

As with previous editions, the World Migration Report 2013 has benefited from  the expertise and experience of IOM colleagues and external scholars. We are  particularly grateful for the contribution of the Gallup World Poll team, and also  wish to warmly thank the Governments of Australia, Switzerland and Hungary for  their generous financial support.

We hope that this report will contribute to the forthcoming discussions at the  second United Nations High-level Dialogue (HLD) on International Migration  and Development in 2013 and the ongoing debate on the post-2015 global  development agenda.”

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