Background paper to the European Report on development 2013 – Post-2015: Global Action for an Inclusive and Sustainable Future. Prepared by the Deutsches Institut fur Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
This background paper assesses the feasibility of establishing an international framework for labour migration. It discusses the developmental implications of the prevailing ‘non-system’ of labour migration and the ways in which current immigration policies are often ineffective or even counterproductive. It argues that the two main shortcomings of this ‘non-system’ are the insufficient openness of labour markets to migrants in order to address the growing labour needs in Europe and the inadequate protection of the rights of migrant workers.