Diaspora, climate-induced migration and skills mobility: a focus on Africa

The pursuit of better employment opportunities is a major drive for intra-regional migration within Africa and towards other regions outside the continent. In a post-pandemic era, it has become evident that safe, orderly, and regular migration can play a role in “building back better”. However, there is a need to strengthen capacities to gain a deeper understanding of how mobility can be optimized as a catalyst for the socio-economic recovery of an integrated Africa. When well-managed, migration can be a powerful strategy for human development and poverty reduction. It can further foster sustainable and equitable economies by introducing innovation, skills, knowledge, and remittances to both the countries of origin and destination. This dynamic can open new markets, create economic opportunities, and address labor market gaps, ultimately increasing productivity.