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Building Migration into Development Strategies
Royal Society, London, 28-29 April 2008

The Development Research Centre on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty (Migration DRC) hosted a conference entitled Building Migration into Development Strategies at the Royal Society in London, 28-29 April, 2008. The conference aimed to build on increased international interest in the linkages between migration and development that has emerged in recent years, a shift which has been reflected in the work of organisations ranging from the Global Forum on International Migration and Development to village-level associations of migrants.

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Conference participants enjoy informal discussions during a coffee break at the conference.

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From left to right: discussant Michael Clemens and panelists M. Omar Rahman, Binod Khadria and Ron Skeldon participated in the Skilled Migration session of the Migration DRC’s Building Migration into Development Strategies conference.

The conference’s six sessions included a diverse range of panellists, discussants and participants, including migration researchers, development specialists, policymakers and NGO workers. It brought together the findings of the latest research on a number of key themes related to migration and poverty alleviation — and included a series of discussions on potential policies that governments could pursue which would maximise the benefits and minimise the risks of migration for poor people. Migration DRC director Richard Black said, ‘I hope this conference will give added impetus to efforts to integrate knowledge about migration into poverty alleviation policy’.

Click on links below to access conference materials. Each session link includes session minutes, speakers’ PowerPoint presentations, a two-page overview of the Migration DRC’s research on each session topic, and information about working papers published by the Migration DRC on each session topic.

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