This report gives a comprehensive account of the key messages that were articulated at the Conference on Migration and Development that took place on 15 and 16 March 2006 in Brussels, Belgium. Jointly organised by the three Belgian Ministries of Development Cooperation, Foreign Affairs and Interior in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and with the support of the European Commission and the World Bank, this conference brought together more than 300 participants from countries of origin, transit and destination, international organizations, research institutes, NGOs and diaspora organizations to exchange best practices and policy approaches in the field of migration and development. The conference proceedings and conclusions that are published in the present report gave an important contribution to the United Nations High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development of 14 and 15 September 2006 in New York.
The conference proceedings address five main themes; (1) migration and the millennium development goals: facts and myths, (2) migration policies and development: how to achieve greater coherence of migration and development policies, (3) partnership among countries of origin, transit and destination, including two case studies for Mali, Morocco, Belgium and South Asia-Europe/North America, (4) migrant communities and development and (5) promoting migrants contribution to the development of their home country, including the specific topics of remittances and skills transfer.
The report includes all speeches held at the Brussels conference, relevant background papers for each session, the conference conclusions, a common Benelux position paper on Migration and Development as well as a list of participants and conference pictures.