World Migration Report 2015 Migrants and cities: new partnerships to manage mobility.
June J.H. Lee, Jill Helke, Frank Laczko, International Organization for Migration (2015)
The report focuses on migrants and how migration is shaping cities and the situation of migrants in cities. While much of the current international discussion about migration trends and migration policy tends to focus on the national level, this report takes migration inquiries to the city level and aims to raise understanding of the local socio-economic dynamics of migration and the close connection between migration and urban development.
The main chapters of the World Migration Report 2015 investigate both the challenges and opportunities arising from increasing migration to diverse urban settings. They present findings on the potential benefits of all forms of migration and mobility for city growth and development. The report showcases innovative ways in which migration and urbanization policies can be better designed for the benefit of migrants and cities.
The report particularly focuses on migrants’ situations in the cities of the Global South, broadening the current focus on the cities of the Global North. It highlights how cities and migrants can work together in order to reduce the risks of migration to cities and take advantage of growing urban diversity in such areas as community resilience building and local economic, social and cultural development through migrants’ connections between origin and host communities. The report concludes with a set of recommendations for future city initiatives to include migrants as partners and migrants’ issues in the discussion on urbanization and the post-2015 global development framework.