Migration and development in Europe and beyond – New publication

Caritas International Belgium Migration and development in Europe and beyond – New publication

© Caritas - Cover of the publication

© Caritas - Cover of the publication


Migration and development in Europe and in other regions of the world are more closely linked than commonly believed, shows the publication Common Home: migration and development in Europe and beyond.

This publication aims at promoting a more balanced and evidence-based debate at a time when migration has become a deeply contentious issue in Europe. Particularly, it raises awareness about the positive aspects that migration can have at the global level, and its relation with sustainable international cooperation.

Based on 11 national studies

It puts forward 27 specific recommendations to EU policy-makers. This publication is based on the findings, testimonies and good practices of the other 11 publications of the Common Home series[1], national studies covering: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany (Bavaria), Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Sweden. It is also based on the analysis of European and international statistical databases and literature.

Recommendations to policy-makers

The publication’s recommendations to policy-makers are grouped under three main points:

  • Change the negative discourse on migration, counter rising hostility and harmful attitudes toward migrants and migration.
  • Maximise the development potential of migration and enhance migrants’ integral human development in countries of destination.
  • Maximise the development potential of migration, enhance opportunities for migrants to be able to contribute in countries of origin, and ensure a virtuous circle between migrations and development.

You can download and read the full publication on our website. The executive summary is also available.

The Common Home series, of which the European publication is the last issue, was produced in the frame of the MIND project. The MIND project received financial support from the program of the European Union for Awareness and Development Education (DEAR). For more information, please click here. This content is the sole responsibility of Caritas International and does not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

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Footnote :


The national publications are all available in English here. The version of the Belgian publication is available in French, Flemish, and English.

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