Migration and development

Migration is deeply connected to the global economy and the well-being of individuals. A lack of economic opportunities in a country prompts people to migrate and look for employment elsewhere. In 2014, there were 232 million migrants worldwide. Migrants offer skills, manpower and human capital to the labor market of a foreign country, while sending their earnings back to their family members at home. Remittances play a crucial role in national economies, often constituting a significant portion of a country’s gross domestic product.

Migrants often fill demographic or labor gaps. Yet, they frequently face widespread abuse, exploitation, and discrimination. Through its networking and policy activities, ICMC engages with civil society organizations, governments, international agencies, and the private sector worldwide to ensure that policies protecting migrant workers and their families are being developed and effectively implemented on the ground.