Migration Is Development

It is perhaps understandable that the original Millennium Development Goals did not mention either internal or international migration. But migration is the original strategy for people seeking to escape poverty, mitigate risk, and build a better life, and its economic impact today is massive.

LONDON – In September 2000, the United Nations Millennium Development Goals rallied the international community behind a shared vision. The MDGs, which expire in 2015, signaled a new era of global cooperation, and triggered real progress in terms of lifting millions of people out of extreme poverty, improving health and access to education, and empowering women.