By Neli Esipova, Anita Pugliese, Julie Ray, and Aurelien Renard
Gallup has amassed thousands of interviews with migrants and potential migrants worldwide -- at all points of their lives on the migrant path -- giving them a voice in the international dialogue about migration. From these interviews, we have learned what life is like for those who desire to migrate to other countries permanently or temporarily for work, those planning to go, those preparing to go, those who have already migrated, and those who have returned home.
Through a strategic partnership, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Gallup for the first time will present a holistic picture of how migration affects quality of life and human development. The World Migration Report 2013: Migrant Well-being and Development, which will be released in Geneva, Switzerland, on Sept. 13, 2013, examines migrant wellbeing overall and in five core dimensions -- Financial, Career, Social, Community, and Physical. The report also explores the effect that the path these migrants take -- moving from South to North or from South to South for example -- has on their wellbeing and what this could mean to development strategies.
Drawing on findings from Gallup’s World Poll and more than a decade of wellbeing research, these data give leaders access to timely, comparable information on migrants’ wellbeing as they focus on how to work migration into the United Nation’s post-2015 development agenda.
While stakeholders agree that reliable indicators are needed to measure global progress on human development, there are still a number of questions about the best and most efficient way to proceed. This report is a first step toward measuring global progress on human development, but Gallup will continue to pursue new avenues of research together with IOM and interested stakeholders, including:
- Establishing a global monitoring system that tracks changes in migrants’ wellbeing
- Studying different migrant populations including returning migrants, internal migrants, and the migrant diaspora
- Focusing on ways to maximize the relationship between migration and development in receiving and sending countries