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UNDP, IOM and the State Migration Service launch Global HDR in Azerbaijan PDF Print E-mail

Baku, 7 October 2009 - We live in a highly mobile world, where migration is an important dimension of human development. Nearly one billion – or one out of seven – people are migrants.


“Migration can enhance human development for the people who move, for destination communities and for those who remain at home”, said  UNDP resident Representative Bruno Pouezat in his opening remarks at the launch of 
The 2009 Human Development Report entitled “Overcoming barriers: Human mobility and development” at the premises of  State Migration Service today.

Migration can raise income, health and education prospects for people who move and their families. Migration typically benefits the host country of migrants by boosting economic output and generating other gains at little or no cost to locals.

Migration brings benefits to families remaining at home and to the wider economy. These include cash flows back to the home country – remittances – that globally exceed official aid, improvements in health, schooling and other areas, and the fostering of new ideas and innovation.

“Migration as a phenomenon is increasing worldwide. People participate in migration prosesses in search of better life. Recent economic achievements of Azerbaijan has also been attracting foreign migrants.“, stated Arzu Rahimov, Head of State Migration Service, in his welcoming remarks to media representatives at the launch event . To better coordinate migration issues, design and execute the country’s migration policies, Azerbaijan established the State Migration Service. Its main function is not to fight migration but better manage it, he went on saying. Introduction of one-stop-shop principle in the work of the agency from July 2009 would contribute to this end.


Chief of IOM mission in Azerbaijan Vasiliy Yuzhanin stated that the findings in this Report cast new light on some common misconceptions on migration. One of such is that most migrants do not cross national borders, but instead move within their own country: 740 million people are internal migrants, almost four times the number of international migrants. He said his agency was pleased to have made the contribution to the preparation of the HDR 2009. In particular, IOM supported UNDP in conducting surveys in 32 countries and interagency consultations in Geneva.


The Report proposes a series of migration policies that can allow migration – both within and between countries – to improve the lives of millions around the world.

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