The International Organization for Migration (IOM) contributes to a better understanding of the links between international migration and development. IOM’s aim is to harness the development potential of migration for the benefit of both societies and migrants and to contribute to sustainable development.
Most migrants and their descendants have a shared sense of identity and belonging. They are connected to their country of residence, but also to their country of origin. They contribute to their new country, but can also be powerful development actors. Their expertise, cultural affinity and strong commitment can make them humanitarian actors in crisis situations, entrepreneurs in business, trade and innovation, as well as international experts.
Governments are aware of this and are increasingly developing a diaspora policy to facilitate the contribution of migrants.
Maximizing the positive relationship between migration and development has long been a focus of IOM’s work. IOM the Netherlands offers temporary physical and online return assignments to diaspora members who wish to use their professional knowledge and experience for the development of their home country.
Many highly skilled migrants living and working in the Netherlands remain strongly connected to their country of origin. Their cultural ties and commitment to the country of origin, combined with their knowledge, experience and language skills make them excellent agents for development.
Through the project Connecting Diaspora for Development (CD4D) IOM the Netherlands acts as facilitator and mediator between the diaspora and the institutions in the countries of origin. The project aims to exchange knowledge, skills and attitudes of migrants for the reconstruction and development of their country of origin. CD4D is demand driven, based on priorities and development strategies of the countries of origin.
IOM works closely with our offices in these countries by discussing the migration and development opportunities and challenges, identifying priority sectors for development in these countries and outreach to the diaspora community in the Netherlands.
Watch the BBC documentary about IOM NL’s project TRQN III (2013-2016).