An important indicator of policy attitudes towards migration is the language and tone used in the strategy documents of international development donors. The Migrating out of Poverty RPC conducted a review of key development donor policy documents for select African and Asia countries in September 2013 to assess how these plans discuss migration issues. The review focused on internal and regional migration and poverty reduction. The review consisted of a keyword search adapted from a previous review of migration issues in Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (Black and Sward, 2009), which was used to isolate references to migration issues for subsequent analysis. A selection of country strategies that were current between January 2011 and September 2013 were reviewed for Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe. These included plans of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Union (EU), the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), and the World Bank. The seven countries selected were chosen because they are the locations in which the large majority of the Migrating out of Poverty RPC’s programme of research is being conducted.
Migrating out of Poverty. Factsheet 1. Policy Review: Attitudes toward Migration in Development Donor Country Strategies. (2013) 2 pp.