Forced Displacement, Migration and Development

Forced displacement, expulsion, migration and development are closely interlinked. Great hope and expectations are therefore placed on development cooperation to tackle the root causes of displacement and reduce irregular immigration. Such cooperation is meant to support partner states and promote cooperation, and thus decrease the causes of migration. However, it is often unclear what the connections are between forced displacement, migration and development, and what exactly development cooperation can achieve.

What is not contentious is that voluntary and regulated migration contributes to the development of both the host country and the country of origin. By contrast, forced and unregulated migration presents development risks and often occurs in a context of humanitarian crises. This kind of migration particularly concerns developing countries since they host the majority of the world’s refugees, internally displaced persons and asylum seekers.


Anne Koch

On the Run in Their Own Country

Political and Institutional Challenges in the Context of Internal Displacement

SWP Research Paper 2020/RP 05, May 2020, 36 Pages


Nadine Biehler, Amrei Meier

Return and Reintegration

Conflicting Priorities between Domestic Political Demands and Development Policy Principles

SWP Comment 2019/C 40, October 2019, 4 Pages


Steffen Angenendt, Charles Martin-Shields, Benjamin Schraven

More Development – More Migration?

The “Migration Hump“ and Its Significance for Development Policy Co-operation with Sub-Saharan Africa

SWP Comment 2017/C 40, October 2017, 4 Pages
Steffen Angenendt, Niels Harild

Tapping into the Economic Potential of Refugees

Fostering Development through Transitional Social and Economic Integration

SWP Comment 2017/C 14, May 2017, 4 Pages
Steffen Angenendt, Jessica Bither, Astrid Ziebarth

Creating a Triple-Win through Labor Migration Policy?

Lessons from Germany

Report of the Migration Strategy Group 2013-14, The German Marshall Fund of the United States/Robert Bosch Stiftung, January 2015, 24 pages
Steffen Angenendt

Triple-Win Migration: Challenges and Opportunities

in: The German Marshall Fund of the United States (Hg.), Mai 2014
Dagmar Hilpert, Roderick Parkes

Split Citizenship: Immigrant integration in an age of circular migration

in: Austria Institut für Europa- und Sicherheitspolitik (AIES), Fokus 1/2011, 4 pages