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Jul 16, 2015 / Program
As record numbers of refugees attempt dangerous Mediterranean crossings to escape instability and poverty in parts of Northern Africa and the Middle East, countries in Europe and North America have struggled to craft helpful policy responses –from the role of nations within a global protection... read more
Jun 23, 2015 / Program
June 15, 2015 – Marseille, France    The International Labor Mobility Program team organized a discussion group on “International Portability of Social Benefits for Migrants.” The objective of the meeting was to gather experts for a final consultation on the bilateral social security agreements (... read more
Jun 09, 2015 / Program
May 8, 2015, Toronto, Canada    The CMI, the World Bank, Ryerson Global Diversity Exchange, and the Bertelsmann Foundation organized a launch of a joint initiative entitled “Opening Doors and Minds: Urban Migrant Inclusion in Policy and Practice.” The initiative will result in a publication... read more
Jan 16, 2014 / Program
In its second Movers & Shakers piece, the International Labor Mobility (ILM) program asks Lant Pritchett for his thoughts on how the migration agenda might be moved forward and what misconceptions we need to shake off to do so. Pritchett draws inspiration from other successful development... read more
Dec 18, 2013 / Program
  On December 18th, the UN invites us "to observe International Migrants Day through the dissemination of information on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants, and through the sharing of experiences... read more
Dec 13, 2013 / Program
In today's global economic climate, no-one wants to focus on the issue of migration. The topic is politically fraught, socially contentious, and technically challenging. But it is also one of the more promising options for boosting shared prosperity by productively employing young and mobile... read more
Dec 02, 2013 / Program
The International Labor Mobility program is proud to announce its first set of newsletters in its Paper Trails series. The discussion notes provide an opportunity to highlight ongoing work, discuss emerging findings, and share ideas to build stronger migration systems. The series is intended to... read more
Oct 17, 2013 / Program
This blog has been co-authored by Michael Clemens and Nabil Hashmi The recent tragedy off the coast of Lampedusa, Italy highlights the risks that many migrants face. For a large number of people around... read more
Oct 17, 2013 / Program
In a world where “migration is development,” stepping across international borders would offer migrants immediate improvements in income, productivity, and career opportunities. Currently, however, migrants with mid-level skills must take one step back to take two steps forward. As they cross from... read more
Oct 17, 2013 / Program
International labor markets are perhaps the last bastion of protectionism. We know that easing restrictions on the movement of people, especially the less skilled, can unleash huge welfare gains which by some estimates dwarf the gains from complete trade liberalization. And yet, progress on this... read more
Oct 03, 2013 / Program
For large numbers of people around the world moving is one of the surest ways of expanding their opportunities and improving their lives. The World Bank's International Labor Mobility program has been dedicated to rethinking the current approach to this movement. Our new series, ‘On the Move’... read more
Sep 11, 2013 / Program
Please keep an eye out for the upcoming release of 'Paper Trails', the new International Labor Mobility (ILM) Discussion Notes Series. This series will highlight ongoing work, discuss emerging findings, and share ideas across the three ILM program areas. 
Sep 03, 2013 / Program
The ILM team chaired a workshop on employment of Tunisian workers abroad within the framework of the broader National Congress on Employment held in partnership with the International Labor Organization (ILO) on June 28-30 in Tunis. This workshop had two main objectives: (1) to reach a common... read more
Sep 03, 2013 / Program
The ILM team held a two-day meeting with the Tunisian Office des Tunisiens à l’Etranger and diaspora organizations in France. The meeting discussed the role of public policy in engaging with migrants abroad for home country development. The event included presentations and discussions on country... read more
Sep 03, 2013 / Program
With the aim of assessing practical ways to make social security rights portable, the ILM team has started to take stock of existing portability agreements around the world and in the EU-MENA context and to identify key design gaps. On this basis, the team has gathered leading international experts... read more

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