Restricting migration: a bad (development) idea

Briefing papers
May 2010

Migration is a vexed domestic issue, but on a world scale there is strong evidence that migration is good for development. There is no empirical evidence that restricting migration reduces skills shortages in developing countries, instead the emphasis should be on investing in higher education and vocational training in developing countries. Recipient countries should also reduce the cost of remitting funds to countries of origin.

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