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A new Global Migration Barometer measures opportunities for migrants

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Western Union and the Economist Intelligence Unit recently released a new Global Migration Barometer.  I was a member of the panel of peer reviewers as well as a panelist at the launch event held in Washington with my good friends Don Terry, Demetri Papademetriu, and Thomas Debass.

I am happy to see the outcome of this exercise. The first of its kind, the GMB makes a small but significant beginning towards fact-based analysis of migration policies and outcomes, opposed to policy-making based on anecdotes and personal likes and dislikes which appear to be the norm today. By pointing out where a country may stand in terms of attractiveness to migrants, accessibility for migrants, and its need for migrants, the GMB will help a country make informed decisions about whether to change migration policies or not.

As I stated in this WSJ article by Miriam Jordan, I was surprised to see that some countries which clearly need a lot of migrants appearing not accessible and not attractive to them. That's a sort of eye-opener for these countries. It goes to show that a country may open the gates, but migrants may not come in! That has serious implications for countries aspiring to move into the next phase of development in this globalized world.


Dilip Ratha

Lead Economist and Economic Adviser to the Vice President of Operations, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, World Bank

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