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Asia-Pacific Migration Report 2015: Migrants' Contributions to Development

— theme: Labour migration policy, Rights and protection of migrants, Migration and development
— country: Asia, Pacific
— type: Reports

International migration is a major driver of social and economic change in the contemporary Asia-Pacific region. In 2013, of the estimated 231.5 million migrants in the world, over 59 million were found in countries of this region, an increase of almost 7 million compared to 1990. Over 95 million migrants came from countries in Asia or the Pacific, an almost 50 per cent increase compared to 1990. As the economies of the region further develop and the demographic transition continues at varying speeds, people are increasingly likely to migrate as both the demand for migrant labour and the supply of people willing and able to migrate will grow. Migration is therefore a structural reality in the Asia-Pacific region, both today and in the years to come. To manage this growing migratory trend in such a way as to ensure that it brings positive benefits to all concerned, countries in the Asia-Pacific region need to establish policies grounded in principles of respect for human rights, decent work and social protection for all, migrants and nationals alike.

Eliza Marks
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