Migration: Making the most of development opportunities

A bus carrying people on its roof drives along a mountain road in Nepal.

Background: Seeking new prospects in a foreign country

Every day people leave their homes and move abroad. They leave behind their fam­i­lies and ex­change the warm fa­miliar­ity of their own cul­ture, tra­di­tions and social roots for an un­cer­tain future in a for­eign place. This is the sort of decision that no­body takes light­ly. Severe pov­er­ty and need, po­lit­i­cal turm­oil and armed con­flicts are among the chief fac­tors driving mi­gra­tion. Around 216 mil­lion people, equivalent to about three per cent of the world's pop­u­la­tion, cur­rent­ly live out­side the coun­try in which they were born. more

Benefiting from migration: Development policy approaches

As part of its de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion ef­forts, Ger­ma­ny pro­motes po­lit­i­cal, eco­nom­ic and social re­forms in part­ner coun­tries. It is com­mitted to the non-violent man­age­ment of con­flicts and works to strength­en civil society. Yet it takes time for a popu­la­tion to see tangible im­prove­ments. The pres­sures to migrate that build up in these coun­tries can only be alleviated within a long-term de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion framework. more

Documents and links

Here you can find a selection of links to documents and web­sites pro­viding further in­for­ma­tion on migration issues. more

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