Migration and Development

How Are Remittances Being Affected by COVID-19?

Remittances are cash transfers sent by migrants, usually to family members in their country of origin. International remittances can also make up part of the regular income of some people, for example, those who perform cross-border work, such as seasonal workers who tend crops in neighbouring countries. According to UNDESA, migrants send an average of 15% of their earnings back home. Remittances often represent up to 60% of family income.


How do migrants contribute to society?

Phyllisia Ross, Isabel Allende, Rodney Wallace. Three migrants making creative and inspiring contributions to their communities. And they’re not alone.

Seeking social cohesion between host communities and migrants

Inclusion and social cohesion are factors that work together when it comes to the healthy integration of migrants in host communities and implies the mutual adaptation of migrants and the host society. Social inclusion refers to the process of improving the capacity, opportunity and dignity of people in unfavorable conditions based on their identity, so that they can participate in society.

¿Por qué las personas migrantes arriesgan todo?

Each year, thousands of people leave their homes in Latin America, the Caribbean and other regions in an effort to secure futures that have become practically unattainable in their countries of origin. Economic dispossession, lack of access to education and employment, violence, and other structural and personal factors have motivated people from all over the world, but mostly from Central American countries, to seek a new life in the United States or other countries within the region.

Dominican diaspora productive inclusion and investment in national development

The economic threads of Dominican society transcend its borders and are linked to a dynamic diaspora, with human capital that contributes partially to national development. These threads can be strengthened and guide the true potential of the diaspora towards economic inclusion as a pillar of the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the country's current development model. The Dominican Republic faces the challenge that its economic and social growth model be sustainable.

Engagement of the Caribbean Diaspora: A Potential for Development

One of the most striking demographic figures in the Caribbean region is the one-to-one ratio of nationals living in their home countries and the members of the diaspora living abroad: 

“There is nearly one person living abroad in the diaspora to every person still resident within the Caribbean, making the diaspora an untapped potential resource for economic development” – World Bank, 2013.

This figure can be perceived as an opportunity to unlock a potential growth in the economy and development of this region if managed adequately.  

Why Sustainable Migration in the Caribbean is an Opportunity for Investment

The economic impact of migration is still often driven by negative perceptions, jeopardizing efforts to adapt migration policies to the new economic and demographic challenges that many countries in the Caribbean are facing. The matter of fact is that movement of people can be crucial for development in a globalizing world and it has potential economic benefits. Therefore, this phenomenon requires a carefully-designed, sustainable policy response, and reports indicate that it needs to be seen as an opportunity for all.