Jump directly to page content

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.