The Return on Investment on Migration: What is in it for Business?

PARTNERS: GLOBAL FORUM ON MIGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT

DATE: February 2016

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Migration is no longer an issue solely for the attention of governments; it is a topic that also directly concerns businesses. Businesses are in a position to influence positive change and improve the legal frameworks protecting migrant workers and migrant engagement can directly benefit company performance.

This study blazes a trail by answering to the call from businesses to demonstrate the costs and benefits, as well as the potential ROI for migration. The results of this innovative study provide a tool for businesses to apply in their consideration of direct involvement with the topic of migration, including those that do not have a history in addressing it.

The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration (THP), together with the Turkish Chair of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) 2014-2015, designed the current study called: “The Return on Investment on Migration: What is in it for Business?’. This study contributes to bridging the gap between businesses and migration and builds on THP’s previous experience in addressing private sector involvement in the migration issue.

The main aim of this study is to determine a return on investment (ROI) for businesses on migration, including specific effects on different areas of business activity. This calculation is done by capturing the perceived benefits and costs for businesses related to migration (recruitment and retention, government engagement, product and service innovation, market expansion, corporate social responsibility and job creation). ROI is an economic metric that compares the benefits and the costs of an investment.

THP worked in collaboration with a multidisciplinary expert Steering Group to apply the methodological framework. Companies interviewed were based in eight countries: Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, and United States. The sample included large companies as well as SMEs.

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The Ditchley Foundation Conference, 18-20 Feb

Europe and migration: how can the flows be managed?

On 18-20 February 2016, Nava Hinrichs, Managing Director of THP, attended the second Ditchley Foundation conference of 2016, which focused on the topic of Europe and migration: how can the flows be managed?

A diverse group of participants from a range of backgrounds came together at this conference for an intense two days of discussion and debate.

The final conference report is now available for download.

Global migration: from crisis to opportunity, ODI event, 10 Feb

On 10 February THP took part in an event titled “Global migration: from crisis to opportunity” which was hosted by The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London.

This event with Peter Sutherland, United Nations Special Representative for International Migration, dealt with some key questions like: What would an effective global approach to migration look like? How can we respond to the aspirations of those residing in poor and conflict-affected areas? And how can the movement of people be recognised as an opportunity rather than a threat that needs to be contained and curtailed?

Making the Business Case for Migration

What’s in it for Businesses?

The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration (THP), together with the Turkish Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), has conducted a study on the Business Case for Migration. This study applies return on investment (ROI) metrics to the migration opportunity for businesses in order to tackle the existing barriers for the private sector’s active and effective involvement in this field. The central research question is: What is the ROI for businesses engaging with migration?

ROI for Businesses on Migration

Within the 2013-2014 GFMD framework, the Swedish Chairmanship and THP, together with the International Organization of Employers (IOE), the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Council for Global Immigration and other contributing partners, conducted a mapping study to ascertain business practices, perspectives, and values with respect to global mobility, as well as the private sector’s position on the concept of engagement with governments in the area of migration policy.

Results indicated that businesses face seven main barriers in engagement with migration issues:
1) Businesses consider the issue too risky
2) Businesses are not convinced of their role or its potential
3) Businesses have no time or interest in the issue
4) The slow political process
5) Capacity to influence policy and migration management
6) Lack of awareness on the topic
7) Local legislation

These results highlight that despite ongoing efforts to bring the private sector into the migration discussion; barriers persist and must be addressed. The study also identified that risk management and cost benefits evaluation were central concerns for business leaders. Further, it recommended that demonstrating return on investment is an urgent priority and the dissemination of evidence-based regional and global data indicating benefits from talent flow is essential.

Current Study

Building on this study and the previous experience of THP in addressing private sector involvement in migration issues, the 2015 study was conducted in collaboration with the Turkish Chair of the GFMD. The study involved an analysis of six spheres of business engagement with migration: Recruitment and Retention, Policy-Making, Corporate Social Responsibility, Product and Service Innovation, Market Expansion, Job Creation. Interviews were conducted with large businesses as well as SMEs, from a wide range of sectors and geographical scope to determine a mean effect ROI for addressing migration issues.
The results of the study will be presented at GFMD Istanbul, Roundtable 3.2 on Thursday 15 October, after which they will be made available on www.thehagueprocess.org

A Handbook of Terms and Concepts Related to People on the Move

Terminology regarding people on the move has been the source of much debate amidst the extensive media coverage of the movement of refugees and migrants in recent weeks. Should those currently on the move be called ‘refugees’, ‘migrants’ or ‘asylum seekers’?

Many applauded the decision of one media outlet to stop using the term ‘migrant’ to refer to those people currently arriving in Europe, and to instead refer to them consistently as refugees. Others were quick to point out that this decision may not cover the reality of the situation and may actually perpetuate an incorrect and unhelpful dichotomy of good (deserving) refugee v’s bad (undeserving) migrant.

People on the Move - Handbook of Selected Terms and Concepts sUNHCR pointed out the consequences which terminology can have for those on the move, and wrote that the agency consciously uses the term ‘refugees and migrants’ when referring to movements of people by sea or in other circumstances where they think both groups may be present.

The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration has worked together with UNESCO to develop a Handbook of Terms and Concepts related to People on the Move.

An extensive terminology has evolved to cover standing and emerging issues related to refugees and migration as they also relate to the larger fields of human rights and development. This handbook is designed to be accessible to a general public which may not be familiar with the detailed discussions in the field of refugee and migration policy.

Civil society and the business sector play an increasingly important role in migration, and this handbook may also be of use to them. Another intended audience is the media, firstly because many of the current perceptions on migration and refugees are shaped there and secondly, because terms are often incorrectly interpreted in media coverage.

Words matter – labels impact people’s views and inform policy responses.

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ROI for Businesses on Migration

The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration (THP) is currently conducting a study applying return on investment (ROI) metrics to the migration opportunity for businesses, with the aim of tackling the existing barriers to the private sector’s active and effective involvement in this field. This study is being conducted in collaboration with the Turkish Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) and is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The study will be presented at the summit of the GFMD in Istanbul in October 2015.

This project follows on from THP’s cooperation with the Swedish Chairmanship of the GFMD in 2013-2014. THP, together with the International Organization of Employers (IOE), the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Council for Global Immigration and other contributing partners, conducted a mapping study to ascertain business practices, perspectives, and values with respect to global mobility, as well as the private sector’s position on the concept of engagement with governments in migration policy.

Results indicate that businesses face seven main barriers in engagement with migration issues:

1) Businesses consider the issue too risky

2) Businesses are not convinced of their role or its potential

3) Businesses have no time or interest in the issue

4) The slow political process

5) Capacity to influence policy and migration management

6) Lack of awareness on the topic

7) Local legislation 

These results highlight that despite ongoing efforts to bring the private sector into the migration discussion; barriers persist and must be addressed.

The study also identifies that risk management and cost benefits evaluation were central concerns for business leaders. Further, it recommends that demonstrating return on investment is an urgent priority and the dissemination of evidence-based regional and global data indicating benefits from talent flow is essential.

Download the full report.

For more information about the ROI for Businesses on Migration initiative please contact:
Teressa Juzwiak, Research Coordinator
Email: teressa.juzwiak@thehagueprocess.org
Tel: +31 (0)10 7118988

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Dr. Peter van Krieken (1949 – 2015)

P van KriekenIt is with great sadness that THP has learned of the sudden death of Dr. Peter van Krieken (1949 – 2015). Dr. Van Krieken was a well known and respected authority on refugee and migration issues, with his extensive career spanning many fields and geographical regions.

As an international civil servant with UNHCR for more than 16 years, Dr. Van Krieken served in Geneva, Stockholm, Peshawar, Juba, Beirut, Sana’a, Addis Ababa and Zirndorf. In between these various assignments, (1983-1987), he headed Stichting Vluchteling 999, a leading Dutch refugee organisation. Dr. van Krieken spent 2005-2008 in Vientiane, Lao PDR, as a UNDP Special Advisor to the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and received an honorable award upon his departure. Recently he became Honorary Consul of the Democratic People’s Republic of Laos.

Van Krieken earned his Ph.D. in International Law from the University of Groningen in 1976, after inter alia having spent a postgrad year with Johns Hopkins, Bologna. He has a long list of publications to his credit on such subjects as asylum, migration, torture, hijacking, statelessness, family reunification, repatriation, health and terrorism. In particular his books Terrorism and the International Legal Order (2002) and The Hague, Legal Capital of the World (2005) have been widely acclaimed.

Van Krieken taught at Webster University, Leiden from 1996, and The Hague University of Applied Sciences from 2010. He also lectured as a visiting professor at Webster campuses in St. Louis and Thailand and was a fellow of Webster’s Human Rights Institute. In 2010 Dr. van Krieken was the winner of the prestigious Kemper award for excellence in teaching.

Besides teaching, Dr. Van Krieken served as a special advisor with the Government of the Netherlands (MoI) and was actively involved in an EU project in Georgia and Moldova (through ICMPD).

Dr. Peter van Krieken was a friend of The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration from the very beginning. He was a defender of fundamental human rights, permanently advocating for their concrete implementation. We remember him fondly as a dear friend and colleague, teacher and motivator, always ready to roll up his sleeves and get down to facts, roots and causes, while inspiring others to do the same.

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Are businesses fit to compete in the global competition for skills? – GFMD Business Meeting

Opening of the GFMD Business Meeting, Istanbul

On 15-16 May 2015, The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration (THP) took part in the GFMD Business meeting in Istanbul, hosted by the Turkish Chair of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), represented by Ambassador Mehmet Samsar, and the Government of Switzerland, represented by Ambassador Eduard Gnesa. The meeting was moderated by Khalid Koser, Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Migration.

Nava Hinrichs

Nava Hinrichs, Managing Director of The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration

The meeting brought together business leaders from various sectors, government policy makers, and a number of (international) organisations, to discuss labour migration policies and international skills mobility in the framework of the GFMD.

Issues covered at the various sessions included:

– How global competition for skills will reshape labor migration in the 21st century.
– The need for international skills mobility.
– What companies expect of labor migration policies.
– Public-private sector interaction on migration policy.
– Matching skills supply and labor demand through public-private action.

There were also two roundtable meetings:
– ICT Sector Roundtable moderated by Dr. Howard Duncan, Executive Head, Metropolis.
– Food/Beverage Industry and Hospitality Roundtable moderated by Ms. Nava Hinrichs, Managing Director, The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration.

The meeting closed with a proposal to establish a future public-private sector regular interaction mechanism in the framework of the GFMD.

Background documents from the meeting are available on the GFMD website.

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GFMD Meetings – Geneva

THP was in Geneva this week to take part in a preparatory meeting for the Global Forum on GFMD RTMigration and Development (GFMD) Roundtable on Private sector-Government partnerships to support migrant/diaspora entrepreneurship and job creation, with a focus on small and medium enterprises.

Next month we will bring our expertise on the business-cities-migration nexus to the GFMD Business Meeting in Istanbul.

A full calendar of activities taking place this year under the Turkish Chair of the GFMD is available on the GFMD website.

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Business-City Partnership Project: Rotterdam Pilot 

Building on THP’s experiencesRotterdam small with conducting Expert Consultations with the private sector and cities, THP identified the need to form partnerships between the private sector and cities to address migration challenges specific to the city in question.

A first pilot project was launched to facilitate the formation of such a partnership in the city of Rotterdam. THP, the Port of Rotterdam, the City of Rotterdam and Erasmus University are focusing on creating partnerships, or pathways of cooperation, between city government and local businesses for the purpose of improving migration and labour market outcomes in Rotterdam.

This two year project is forward looking, has a long-term focus and is being co-funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the City of Rotterdam, and the Port of Rotterdam amongst others. As the project unfolds, THP will roll out a series of other partnerships in cities in and around Europe using the Rotterdam Pilot Project as an example.

For more information about the Business-City Partnership Project please contact Teressa Juzwiak (Research Coordinator).
Email: teressa.juzwiak@thehagueprocess.org
Tel: +31 (0)10 7118988

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