Kathleen Newland is the co-founder and a trustee of the Migration Policy Institute, where she directs policy programs on Migrants, Migration and Development and Refugee Protection. She has worked as a consultant to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Labor Organization, the Office of the Secretary-General of the UN, and the World Bank. Prior to MPI, she co-directed the International Migration Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment, lectured in International Political Economy at the London School of Economics, and was the Special Assistant to the Rector of the United Nations University. Currently, she is an overseer, as well as Chair of the Advocacy Committee, of the International Rescue Committee, and a board member of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), the Stimson Center, and USA for UNHCR. She is Chair Emerita of the Womens Refugee Commission. Newland is the author or editor of eight books, in addition to many shorter monographs, book chapters, policy papers, and articles.
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There is little doubt that voluntary migration from a poor to a rich country almost always benefits the individual migrant. The question is whether the benefits to individuals aggregate to a general benefit to the home country.
This brief identifies critical lessons from the past decade of policy experimentation and offers some recommendations for migration and development policy.
From the point of view of the migrants, voluntariness of return is key, as is the protection of their human rights and rights as workers while they are abroad.
The debate about the relationship between migration and development goes far beyond the trade-offs between remittances and the brain drain.
Links to MPI writings on migration and development.