Understanding Global   
Development Challenges


Towards Sustainable Migration. Interventions in countries of origin.

The unprecedentedly large influx of migrants in Europe and the accompanying political tensions underscore the urgent need for a sustainable EU migration strategy. If left unchecked, the migration challenge will jeopardise the pillars of European integration and solidarity. But, if proactively and effectively managed, the migration challenge can be transformed into an opportunity both for Europe and for origin countries.

This Report argues that the process of translating challenge to opportunity must start by addressing the factors determining the extent and composition of migrant flows in the countries of origin. This means that internal measures at the centre of the EU response to migration to date need to be complemented by stronger joint external actions, within the framework of longterm development policies.

The Report identifies a set of coordinated actions in countries of origin that are critical to the broader EU strategic response to migration. These actions include improving local labour market outcomes, investment in education and training, skills accreditation, equipping prospective migrants with “migration knowledge and skills”, incentivising circular and return migration, diaspora engagement and safeguarding children left behind by migrant parents. Taken together, these actions would help ensure that migrants move out of free choice and arrive in their destination countries well-prepared for the labour market and cultural challenges they will face there. Implementing these actions will require resources far exceeding those allocated to date and a much closer coordination among the numerous concerned parties.


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The Italian Center for International Development (ICID)

The Italian Center for International Development (ICID), hosted by CEIS University of Rome Tor Vergata, is an entity that involves Centers and Departments of four Italy based public universities:

The Centre’s mission is to promote a better understanding of development challenges in an increasingly globalized world, through an inter-disciplinary approach.

ICID’s design and composition provide it with a unique capacity for state-of-the-art research addressing the many interconnected development issues facing today’s globalized world.


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