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Report sees migrants as source of development

People who leave their country to start a better life elsewhere can serve as a motor for development, a United Nations report argues.

The study from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) released on Friday looks at how migration can be used to reach development goals. Switzerland is one of the UNDP's ten principal donors.

The study, Overcoming barriers: Human mobility and Development, delves into migration and seeks to disprove popular prejudices toward migrants.

Applying appropriate measures in both origin and host countries can multiply the benefits of migration, the report said, adding that the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) was working to accomplish this through global programmes, research and dialogue on migration.

The report cautions that migration should not be seen as an alternative to development efforts but rather as a way to complement them.


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