Migration and Development in Serbia

The understanding of the complex relationship between migration and development has changed  in  the  last  years, with  initiatives  from  scientific  and  political  circles  to  view migration comprehensively in the function of development of all the countries included in  the migratory  chain. United Nations  (UN)  first  indirectly  included migration  in  the Millennium Development Goal  (MDG)  8  for  the  21st  century, which was  defined  as Develop a Global Partnership for Development. In addition, UN directly supported this concept by establishing the Global Commission on  International Migration  (GCIM)  in 2003, organising the First and Second Dialogue on Migration and Development in 2006 and 2013 and by establishing a Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in 2007.

Recognising migration as an  instrument of development has  led to a consensus on  the need  to  include  the  phenomenon  of migration  in  the  development  agendas,  strategies and  plans  on  global,  regional,  national  and  local  levels. Mainstreaming migration  in major economic growth documents and development initiatives is necessary both in the developing and developed worlds, that is to say it is important both for the countries of origin  and  receiving  countries.  A  broader  concept  of  interdependencies  between migration and development is also an integral part of the new UN development agenda Transforming  our  world:  the  2030  Agenda  for  Sustainable  Development 1  and  the majority of its goals.

The  study  Migration  and  Development  in  Serbia  is  part  of  the  International Organization  for  Migration  (IOM)  Global  Project  Mainstreaming  Migration  into National Development  Strategies  aimed  at  supporting  national  governments  and  their partners  to:    improve  registration,  monitoring  and  processing  data  on  migration; improve  the  use  of  human  potentials  of  migration;  as  well  as  to  direct  migration management towards the increase of national development capacities, reducing the risks for  migrants  themselves,  their  families  and  communities  of  origin/destination.  The project  is  to  provide  answers  related  to  more  efficient  management  of  external migration,  with  a  special  focus  on  development  and  human  rights.  This  four-year project  is being  implemented  in  eight  countries,  including Serbia,  in  the period 2014-2018.  IOM  is  implementing  the  project  in  cooperation  with  the  United  Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the project is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

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Rasevic Mirjana
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Migration and Development in Serbia