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Economics of Migration

From a purely economic perspective, migration barriers impoverish the world. Eliminating barriers to labor mobility could add tens of trillions of dollars to global GDP. CGD research in this area brings rigorous economic analysis to a politically charged issue and demonstrates that, throughout history, increasing the number of legal, regulated migrant workers benefits both the counties they live in and leave behind.

CGD’s work on the economics of migration is part of our program on Migration, Displacement, and Humanitarian Policy.