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UK Recruitment of Nigerian Nurses Can Be Win-Win
February 19, 2024
One of the few silver linings from Brexit for the UK has been the increase in non-EU migration. But this has led to renewed concerns about a “brain drain”, the notion that the exodus of skilled workers from poorer countries will leave them unable to meet their own development goals. Yet these concer...
When a Refugee Crisis Isn’t: The Minimal Impacts of Syrians on Jordanians’ Education
February 08, 2024
We find no evidence that Syrian refugees in Jordan affected educational outcomes for Jordanians
Refugees and the Education of Host Populations: Evidence from the Syrian Inflow to Jordan
February 08, 2024
While labor market impacts of refugees in low- and middle-income countries are commonly studied, public services like education could also be affected by mass arrivals. This paper examines the impact of Syrian refugees on the educational outcomes of Jordanians. Combining detailed household surveys w...
Designing a Randomized Controlled Trial on Livelihoods for Refugees and Hosts: The Case of Re:Build in Kampala
January 30, 2024
As policymakers in protracted refugee situations shift from short-term humanitarian responses to longer-term development support, it is critical to identify effective approaches for allocating scarce resources. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on livelihood programs for refugees annually, y...
Linking Migration and Training to Meet the Green Transition: A Global Overview
January 23, 2024
Over the coming decades, the world must decarbonise at an unprecedented speed. Yet deploying ‘green’ technologies cannot be done without a sufficiently sized and adequately skilled workforce. New research from the Center for Global Development (CGD) suggests that workforce gaps pose a significant bo...
Meeting Skill Needs for the Global Green Transition: A Role for Labour Migration?
January 23, 2024
If green transition targets are to be met, migration is likely to be needed as a complement to domestic training and reskilling. Given that the shortage of green-skilled workers is global, however, migration must be accompanied by support for training and retaining workers at home.
2023: The Year of Missed Opportunities
December 18, 2023
An end of year review: today we say goodbye to 2023, and look forward to 2024 more in hope than expectation.
Refugees Are Missing from National Adaptation Plans: Why This Matters, and What to Do About It
December 11, 2023
Refugees are both highly exposed and highly vulnerable to climate shocks. Despite this, over 15 million refugees and other persons in need of international protection are in countries whose National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) do not account for their adaptation needs. This is a crucial omission that mu...
The ‘Climate Migration’ Narrative Is Inaccurate, Harmful, and Pervasive. We Need an Alternative
December 05, 2023
Climate change will have enormous effects on the ability of people to live and earn a livelihood in many areas of the world. This is often assumed to mean there will be a ‘flood’ of cross-border out-migration from the most-affected areas. This narrative is inaccurate, harmful, and pervasive despite ...
The Australia-Tuvalu Climate and Migration Agreement: Takeaways and Next Steps
December 04, 2023
On November 9, 2023, Australia and Tuvalu signed an unprecedented cooperation agreement. It offers 280 Tuvaluans—2.5 percent of the islands’ population—permanent residency in Australia each year. The agreement, which stems from a recognition that Tuvalu’s long-term future is endangered by climate ch...