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Toward an Objective-Driven System of Smart Labor Migration Management


  • Holzmann, Robert

    () (World Bank)

  • Pouget, Yann

    () (World Bank)


This policy note offers motivation and a game plan for achieving a coherent and mutually beneficial labor migration system.1 It argues that migrant workers may make important contributions to economic growth and development in both sending and receiving countries if they find enabling conditions. To achieve a potential win-win-win situation requires (1) a sustainable migration management system that takes into account the interests of the various stakeholders involved; (2) a clear identification and articulation of objectives and interests in migration by key stakeholders, based on a common conceptual framework for migration and development; (3) regional and bilateral coordination mechanisms to balance these (potentially divergent) objectives and to reach compromise under labor agreements and policies; and (4) effective, evidence-based polices and public and private sector interventions to achieve the objectives that are known and applied at the levels of sending, receiving, returning, and circulating.

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  • Holzmann, Robert & Pouget, Yann, 2010. "Toward an Objective-Driven System of Smart Labor Migration Management," World Bank - Economic Premise, The World Bank, issue 42, pages 1-5, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:prmecp:ep42

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    1. repec:ilo:ilowps:411161 is not listed on IDEAS
    2. Neil G. Ruiz, 2008. "Managing Migration : Lessons from the Philippines," World Bank Other Operational Studies 11016, The World Bank.
    3. Rosario, Teresita del., 2008. "Best practices in social insurance for migrant workers : the case of Sri Lanka," ILO Working Papers 994111613402676, International Labour Organization.
    4. Holzmann, Robert & Munz, Rainer, 2004. "Challenges and opportunities of international migration for the EU, its member states, neighboring countries, and regions : a Policy Note," Social Protection and Labor Policy and Technical Notes 30160, The World Bank.
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    1. World Bank, 2012. "Gaining from Migration : Trends and Policy Lessons in the Greater Mekong Sub-region," World Bank Other Operational Studies 13248, The World Bank.

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    labor; migration; remittances; migrant workers; development; growth; circulating; immigration; mobility; immigration policy;

    JEL classification:

    • J6 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
    • J68 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Public Policy
    • F2 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business
    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration


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