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Marking International Migrants Day

    On December 18th, the UN invites us "to observe International Migrants Day through the dissemination of information on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants, and through the sharing of experiences and the design of actions to ensure their protection.” To that end, the International Labor Mobility (ILM) Program commemorates International Migrant’s Day with three releases that examine how stronger mobility systems can improve migrants’ well-being. 
    In Enhancing the Rights of Migrants we review the lessons we have learned through our work with migration policies and institutions and suggest strategies that facilitate mobility while fulfilling " the need to respect the human rights of migrants,” as a recent UN Declaration emphasized. 
    The creation of functional migration systems requires the voices of main stakeholders in labor receiving economies, such as private sector employers and the aging. We make the case for stronger connections between public policy and private sector needs in our chapter in INSEAD’s 2013 Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) report. This index has included immigration as an important component for building and maintaining the competitiveness of national economies. 
    In the spirit of notching up this important conversation further, we are launching our Movers and Shakers - Big Ideas in Migration series. This series will call on serious thinkers and do-ers to offer their frank and bold suggestions for moving the migration agenda forward and to identify the misconceptions that we must shake off in order to do so. By cultivating a community of Movers and Shakers in the field of migration, we aim to identify and tackle the main barriers to mobility that must be overcome for migration to serve its full human development potential.