Second High-level Dialogue on international migration and development

03 October 2013 to 04 October 2013


In 2013, the number of international migrants worldwide reached 232 million. Migration can bring substantial benefits, but can also have negative consequences. Both developing and developed economies need migrants to meet the demand for workers with different levels of skills.

There is mounting evidence that, leveraged by the right policies, migrant and diaspora communities can significantly contribute to development in both origin and destination countries, through remittances, trade, investment, creation of enterprises, and transfer of technology, skills and knowledge. At the same time, there is concern that the emigration of skilled professionals may hinder the attainment of development goals, such as the Millennium Development Goals, especially in small developing countries.

Many migrants are able to move, live and work in safety and dignity. Yet others are compelled to move as a result of poverty, a lack of decent work, human rights violations, armed conflict, persecution and environmental degradation. In the absence of regular migration opportunities, migrants resort to irregular migration channels. In their new homes, many migrants face exploitation, discrimination and xenophobia, while their contributions to the host society go largely unrecognized.

In brief, migration in the context of globalization brings opportunities and challenges, which need to be addressed in a comprehensive fashion. This is why the UN convened the High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development from 3-4 October 2013 with an eight-point agenda for action on making migration work.


Organization of work

Thursday, 3 October 2013


Plenary meetings

9.00 - 10.00


10.00 - 13.00

General debate of HLD


Interactive Roundtables


Roundtable 1: Assessing the effects of international migration on sustainable development and identifying relevant priorities in view of the preparation of the post- 2015 development framework.

Roundtable 1 background paper


15.00 - 18.00

Roundtable 2: Measures to ensure respect for and protection of the human rights of all migrants, with particular, with particular reference to women and children, as well as to prevent and combat the smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons and to ensure orderly, regular and safe migration.

Roundtable 2 background paper


17.30 - 18.00


Friday, 4 October 2013

9.00 - 10.00

Interactive Panel – The 2013 High-level Dialogue: Next steps and beyond

10.00 - 13.00

General debate of HLD


Roundtable 3: Strengthening partnership and cooperation on international migration, mechanisms to effectively integrate migration into development policies and promoting coherence at all levels.

Roundtable 3 background paper


15.00 - 17.30

Roundtable 4: International and regional labour mobility and its impact on development

Roundtable 4 background paper


17.30 - 18.00