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CGD Launches Commission on Migration Data

May 27, 2008

Migration is historically one of the most important pathways out of poverty for those who leave—and sometimes for those who stay behind. But while quality data on trade and investment flows is readily available, data on the movement of people is surprisingly scarce. This leaves development researchers to rely on guesstimates and undermines policymakers’ efforts to craft migration policies that would benefit both sending and receiving countries. Research fellow Michael Clemens, author of a new CGD essay titled Don’t Close the Golden Door: Our Noisy Debate on Immigration and Its Deathly Silence on Development, tells how a newly launched CGD commission is working to fix the migration data problem.