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19 Oct 2023

Migration in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic: A Country Profile 2023

Instituted in 2005 by the European Commission, the Migration Profile serves as a foundational tool for collecting migration-related data, facilitating evidence-driven policy-making. The initiative seeks to emphasize the significance of integrating migration into broader policy planning through an evidence-based, collaborative approach. The formulation of the inaugural Migration Profile in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic is a substantial breakthrough, amplifying the policymaking capacity of the Government as it looks towards achieving the goals set out in the 9th National Socioeconomic Development Plan 2021–2025.  

  • Foreword 
  • List of figures and tables
  • Abbreviations and acronyms 
  • Interministerial Technical Working Group
  • Glossary 
  • Country map and key statistics: The Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  • Executive summary 
  • Introduction
  • Part A. Migration trends and migrants’ characteristics
    • A.1. Immigration
    • A.2. Emigration
    • A.3. Irregular migration 
    • A.4. Internal migration
    • A.5. Return migration
    • A.6. Involuntary migration
  • Part B: Impact of migration on key development areas
    • B.1. Migration and demographic development
    • B.2. Migration and economic development 
    • B.3. Migration, employment and the labour market
    • B.4. Migration and social development
    • B.5. Migration and health 
  • Part C: Migration governance 
    • C.1. Policy framework
    • C.2. Institutional framework 
    • C.3. Regional and international frameworks
  • Part D: Key findings, policy implications and recommendations 
    • D.1. Main findings on current migration trends
    • D.2. Recommendations on how to improve migration statistics
    • D.3. Recommendations on migration governance framework
    • D.4. Recommendations on mainstreaming migration into development policies
  • Annex 
  • References