Traditionally being treated as separate policy portfolios, migration and development are today increasingly viewed through the prism of the many links that exist between these two fields. While development-oriented actions can help tackling the root causes of migratory flows, migration can, in turn, contribute positively to development, including economic growth, social empowerment and technological progress.


Building on the global momentum on migration and development, in September 2006 the United Nations dedicated a General Assembly plenary session to migration issues in the form of a High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (UN HLD). This ground-breaking international event provided for the first time ever a  unique opportunity to countries of origin, transit and destination to move towards a concerted approach to migration and development.