The philosophy underpinning our work is aligned with that expressed by the following welcoming statement of the Global Forum on Migration and Development Government Meeting, held in Athens, Greece, November 4-5, 2009:
Migration and Development are traditionally treated as separate policy issues. In today’s globalized world, however, no country can succeed in its social and economic efforts unless it considers migration as a tool for development.
The First Global Forum on Migration and Development focused on means to substantially increase the developmental effects of migration. The Second Global Forum on Migration and Development emphasized on protecting and empowering migrants in an environment of secure and managed global migration flows.
The Third Global Forum on Migration and Development attempts to do something different: to bring out ways of accommodating migration through developmental actions and thinking, because migration is a consequence – not the cause – of the lack of development. We do not view migration as a substitute for development, as we do not believe that development should be a substitute for migration either. These two processes should work together to create a better world for everybody; they should work together to increase the standards of living around the world. This is the base of our thinking; this is the core of our philosophy that guides us in the 2009 Global Forum of Migration and Development.
Our thinking about incorporating migration into development is based on our strong belief that future labor migration should be mostly propelled by choice rather than necessity or need. When more people migrate out of choice than desperation, they contribute more to the benefit of their countries of origin and destination and they lead more secure lives. When migration is mostly out of choice, development is further enhanced, creating more opportunity and freedom around the world. These two forces can change the world without substituting for each other. We need them both if we want to witness in our lifetime a world with more freedom, opportunity and choice for everybody.
The third GFMD aims to look into concrete ways and practices to enhance this freedom. It will also attempt to identify sustainable migration policies that will lead to improved development outcomes and promote a more dynamic partnership between countries of origin, transit and destination.
GFMD Athens 2009 Government Meeting, 4-5 November. Visit Web Site
United Nations Migration 4 Development, Visit the Virtual Fair. Nov. 2 & 3. (Registration is Free)
See the Los Haro Project at the Virtual Fair, part of the Global Forum on Migration and Development taking place in Athens, Greece.
Los Haro Project makes #3 in the top 10 (out of 110 projects).