Migrants’ contribution to development in the Global North

Recognising that international migration is a tool to tackle global inequalities and promote development

Project or report lab
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
10:45 to 12:00

Within the Migration.Interconnectedness.Development (MIND) project, 12 Caritas organisations are exploring the nexus between migration and development. Caritas Belgium’s Common Home publication shows that migrants play a key role in economic activities in countries of origin and destination. Migrants provide essential skills for industrial and commercial activity, as well as for sustaining specific sectors. They also enrich political, social and cultural spheres of society. But for migrants to contribute, some basic conditions must be met. Caritas believes that only by upholding migrants’ rights and giving them equal opportunities will they be able to reach their full potential, and in doing so, advance development not only in the Global South, but also in the Global North.

Organised by


Karen Mets
Senior Advocacy Adviser
Save the Children
Jean-Michel Lafleur
Research professor
Université de Liège
Marie Chantal Uwitonze
Boost Employability and Entrepreneurship Skills in Africa
Sohaib Alaaraj
Caritas Belgium
Agata Sobiech
European Commission - DG for International Cooperation and Development