Social protection systems and measures for all? International migrants are left behind
Although international migration is not new, a growing number of people choose or are forced to migrate. In 2017, there were 258 million international migrants worldwide, up from 173 million in 2000 (United Nations, 2017).
Migration is an integral part of the global development process. The lives of millions of people and whole societies have been transformed, mostly for the better, through international migration. Migrants make important contributions to the economies of their host countries as they fill important labour gaps, open businesses and pay taxes. They also contribute to their home countries’ economies, namely through the money they remit.