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Migration and development: How human mobility can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

• Migration is one of the defining features of the 21st century and contributes significantly to all aspects of economic and social development everywhere.

• It can have both positive and negative impacts on development outcomes in origin, transit and host countries – depending on the policies in place.

• Migration is a powerful poverty reduction tool for migrants, their families and wider communities and can contribute to delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

• The specific vulnerabilities of migrants are often overlooked in policies and programmes, limiting opportunities for positive development outcomes.

• The implementation of the Global Compact for Migration offers a unique opportunity to be a platform for action to integrate development and migration.