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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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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GFMD – Engagement with the Private Sector on International Migration

GFMD 2008 sWithin the framework of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) 2013-2014, the Swedish Chair came together with The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration (THP), the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Council for Global Immigration and other contributing partners to deepen and diversify GFMD engagement with targeted business sectors including construction; mining and extractives, recruitment, insurance, financial services, and others.

Successful thematic business round table meetings with states and businesses were held in New York, Brussels and Geneva, as well as one-on-one consultations with executives from a number of multinational enterprises. Furthermore, THP completed a “mapping study” consisting of a Delphi Process and a two-part survey was undertaken to ascertain not only current business practices, perspectives, and values with respect to global mobility, but also the private sector’s position on the concept of engagement with governments in migration policy making.

The ultimate goal of the various thematic meetings and the mapping research effort was to continuously discover potential areas of common ground for public-private cooperation in the realm of migration and development while simultaneously building trust and fostering greater engagement with participating industries.
The final report outlining the methodology, design and outcomes of the mapping study is now available.

THP looks forward to continuing our cooperation with the GFMD. This year THP, in collaboration with the Turkish Chair and supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will conduct 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 will be presented at the summit of the GFMD in Istanbul in October 2015.

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Migrant and Refugee Integration in Global Cities: The Role of Cities and Businesses

Migrant and Refugee Integration in Global Cities - The Role of Cities and Businesses

Migrant and Refugee Integration in Global Cities – The Role of Cities and Businesses

The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration (THP) in partnership with UNU-MERIT and Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, has published a report on how businesses and governments in global cities contribute to the economic and social integration of migrant and refugee populations, either through outreach, specialised programmes, the provision of services or targeted funding of NGOs; and to what extent these contributions can be deepened or expanded. The study focuses on efforts by the private sector and city governments – both separately and in partnership – to give these groups greater protection and opportunities in employment markets and communities.

More specifically, this report identifies good practices among the selected cities as well as gaps in intervention by determining whether and how business and cities are currently working together to create opportunities for migrants and refugees to deepen their integration into society. Where there is presently no collaboration between the private and public sectors, the research identifies barriers and opportunities for potential partnerships. To this end, the research draws from eight case studies: Auckland (New Zealand), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Chicago (USA), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Lisbon (Portugal), Nairobi (Kenya), Rotterdam (The Netherlands) and São Paulo (Brazil).

The report is accompanied by eight individual case study reports, one per city, which provide further background information and discussion for the interested reader.

The final report and the individual case studies are available here.

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