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.

On the other hand, if not well managed, migration can also pose challenges to countries’ development efforts. Such phenomenon as ‘brain drain’, experienced by a number of developing countries in key development sectors, call for more cohesive and sustainable policies. Greater partnership between countries of origin, transit and destination as well as the full integration of the migratory dimension in development policies and dialogue on all levels are crucial steps in enhancing the development potential of migration.

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.   

This website has been created as a follow up to the Brussels Conference on Migration and Development held in March 2006 and co-organised by the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium, the International Organization for Migration, with the support of the European Commission and the World Bank. It aims to inform interested parties on the ‘migration and development’ concept, the outcomes of the UN HLD, project initiatives undertaken in this field, as well as research and policy papers produced on the topic at national, regional and international levels.