1:00—2:30 PM BST

Migration for Climate Action: How Labor Mobility can Help the Green Transition


Ipek Gençsü, Senior Research Fellow, ODI


Nathaniel Mason, Research Associate, ODI

Tauhid Pasha, Head of Office, The International Organization for Migration (IOM) UK

Gifty Cudjoe, Skills Development Advisor, SNV Netherlands Development Organization

Enea Stocco, Country Lead, UN Capital Development Fund Ghana

Julien Varlin, International Technical Officer, International Labour Organization (ILO)

Onyekachi Wambu, Executive Director of the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD)

Dr. Stephen Adaawen, Assistant Professor, University of Groningen


Marta Foresti, Executive Director, ODI Europe

Human mobility can help provide the labour flexibility and skills urgently required for green transitions to address climate change and other environmental crises.

Dynamic labour markets, allowing geographical mobility of workers, are crucial to supply skills and labour where they are most needed to drive green transitions. However, this is hindered by insufficient skills in the existing labour force and difficulties like qualification recognition amongst workers with appropriate skills.

This event will explore emerging policy solutions to recognise and develop green skills in order for migrants to support climate-compatible development, while also benefiting both host countries and countries of origin (through circular mobility initiatives and wider international collaboration between governments, civil society and the private sector).

Building off earlier research on migration and skills for the low‑carbon transition, the event will draw on a new report (to be published shortly) by ODI, ‘Migration climate action: how labour mobility can help the green transition’. The report identifies opportunities across four case studies to support green transitions by improving the environmental impact and working conditions of migrant jobs, while creating new green skills and jobs for migrant workers.

This event will also share examples of initiatives around apprenticeships and domestic reskilling, skills mobility partnerships and circular mobility initiatives, and offer next steps on collaboration on policy and practice to take this agenda forward.

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