Understanding Global   
Development Challenges

Labour markets

Jobs are a key engine for global development and a development goal itself. Usually representing the most important asset of the poor, they are central vehicles to lift millions of people to better livelihoods. Labor income is indeed the major contributor to poverty reduction: finding a job represents a key factor for exiting poverty on a permanent basis.

Expanding job opportunities and increasing returns to existing jobs is a top priority for policy makers worldwide, in both the developing and developed world. In this context, creating “good jobs” represent a policy priority: access to quality jobs is central to individual well-being and to broader social and economic advancement. Informed policies to expand quality job opportunities, especially for youth, are therefore central to achieving wider development goals in less-industrialized countries.

"Moving upstream the “relevant” migration frontier. Strategic priorities to turn the migration challenge into a development opportunity"

Laura Frigenti* and Furio C. Rosati**

Migration is one of the most pressing issues on the international political agenda. Despite its current immediate emergency, however, migration is the result of long-term factors and very likely to last for many decades ahead. This calls for a new and more integrated approach to international migration, deeply rooted in sound empirical evidence of the complex dynamics driving people global mobility and emphasizing the key role of countries of origin as the centre of gravity of current and future migration policies and interventions to turn the migration challenge into a development opportunity for both origin and destination economies.

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"Towards sustainable migration. Interventions in countries of origin"