Issue Brief: Why Migration Matters for "Recovering Better" from COVID-19

How can we harness the power of migration to recover better from COVID-19?

IOM's Migration and Sustainable Development Unit's Issue Brief: Why Migration Matters for "Recovering Better" from COVID-19 outlines the importance of considering migration and its deeply interconnected relationship with global development in order to "recovering better" from COVID-19 and ensure that no one is left behind in our socio-economic responses at the local, national, and global levels.

"As recognized in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, human mobility is inextricably linked with sustainable development. We are reliant – for our health, our food, and our economy – on the movement of people. Extraordinary mobility restrictions enforced around the world to control the transmission of COVID-19 have immediate and potentially long-term impacts on the attainment of many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our ability to develop responses that mitigate the negative impacts and protect people on the move and their communities, and harness the positive power of migration for recovering better, as called for in the UN Framework for responding to the socioeconomic impact of COVID-19, depends on a good understanding of the effects of the pandemic on human mobility and development. Only then can we mitigate the immediate and long-term negative impacts on migrants and the societies and economies that depend on them."

This graphic articulates some of the most pressing policy interventions IOM recommends putting forward to harness the power of migration to “recover better” while supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

"The COVID-19 crisis is a “wake-up call,” an opportunity to re-think how we look at migration as our dependency on human mobility for healthy economies and societies has never been clearer."

Read the full Issue Brief to find out more.