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This conference sets out to provide a forum for South-South exchange. Government officials, representatives of migrant associations and migration researchers will examine and compare successful migration models developed by southern governments and civil society organisations.

Key themes

  • Compare the experience of major migration systems: migration researchers from Mexico, Morocco, Turkey, India and the Philippines will assess regional migration experiences and their implications for economic and social development.
  • Consider transnational connectivity as a process and what it means for development. Sessions will explore migration and development linkages, such as preventing abuse and exploitation of migrants, effective use of remittances, countering loss of scarce skills, and mobilizing transnational communities to support homeland development.
  • Engines of growth – participants will examine actors, empowerment and levels of action in different migrant contexts.
  • Develop ideas for action: building South-South networks for communication and collaboration on migration and development; defining common problem between governments and civil society; improving cooperation between governments, migrant associations, and other civil society organizations, and improving linkages among research, policy, and social action.

Download Perspectives from the south: Conclusions from the 2006 Bellagio conference on migration and development.

This conference was organised by IMI and the Autonomous University of Zacatecas, Mexico (Red Internacional de Migracion y Dessarollo). It contributed to the month-long Bellagio Dialogue on Migration, a German Marshall Fund project, with generous support from the Rockefeller Foundation.