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Migration is a key dimension of both globalization and development. The past few decades have seen a rapid expansion in the number, but also a change in the geographical pattern, of international migrants. These developments have been of widespread, usually mutual, benefit but have also given rise to a number of difficulties. As a result, an increasing number of countries have introduced policies to reduce immigration. The broad goal of the United Nations' World Economic and Social Survey 2004- part two is to examine these developments with a view to identifying ways of enhancing the role of migration in development.
On January 10, 2005 The Center for Global Development hosted a seminar featuring an overview of the second part of the U.N. Study by José Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs at the United Nations.
Michael Clemens, a Research Fellow with The Center for Global Development, provided discussant commentary on the study.