World Migration Report 2013: Migrant Well-being and Development (IOM)

The World Migration Report 2013: Migrant Well-being and Development - the seventh report in IOM’s World Migration Report (WMR) series - focuses on the migrant, exploring the positive and negative effects of migration on individual well-being.

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Many reports linking migration and development concentrate on the broad socioeconomic consequences of migratory processes, and the impact of migration on the lives of individuals can easily be overlooked. In contrast, the WMR 2013 focuses on migrants as persons, exploring how migration affects quality of life and human development across a broad range of dimensions.

Added value of the report

In three ways, the report contributes to the global debate on migration and development:

First it presents a more holistic picture of development, by exploring how migration affects human development, instead of focussing on economic development;

Second, The report draws upon the findings of a unique source of data – the Gallup World Poll, conducted in more than 150 countries – allowing for an assessment of the well-being of migrants worldwide for the first time;

Third, the report looks at how migration outcomes differ depending on the origin and destination of migrants, considering movements along four migration pathways (South to North, between countries of the South or the North and from North to South) and their implications for development.

Contents and structure

The first three chapters provide an introduction to the theme, the global migration situation and review the existing on the field of happiness and subjective well-being. Chapter Four presents original findings on migrant well-being from the Gallup World Poll, examining outcomes on six core dimensions of well-being and how they differ across the four migration pathways. At last, chapter Five formulates key conclusions and recommendations.

The report itself can be downloaded here, in English, French and Spanish.

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Wed 18 Sep 2013
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