Press Notice No 16, Session 2003 - 04


Migration and Development

The International Development Committee agreed to conduct an inquiry - announced in a press notice dated 3 July 2003 (PN37.2002/03) - on Migration and Development. The Committee is pleased to announce that the following evidence sessions have now been arranged:

Date and venue - Tuesday 9th March, Palace of Westminster

Time - 2.15 p.m.

Witnesses - On "brain drain" and international recruitment issues: Professor James Buchan, Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh; Winston Cox, Deputy Secretary-General, Commonwealth Secretariat; and Duncan Hindle, Deputy Director General, Department of Education, South Africa

Then, immediately after the above group

On remittances: Mr. Abdirashid Duale, CEO, and Dr. Saad Shire, Managing Director, Dahabshiil Transfer Services, and Dr. Roger Ballard, University of Manchester

Date and venue - Monday 15th March, Palace of Westminster

Time - 2.30 p.m.

Witnesses - On the economics of migration, and temporary mobility schemes: Professor Alan Winters, University of Sussex, and Dr. Christian Dustmann, University College London

Please note that starting times may be subject to late changes. Those wishing to attend these evidence sessions should contact the Committee Office Information Line on 020 7219 2033 to confirm the venue the day before the hearing.

The inquiry is focussed on three key questions. These are:

• What is the nature of the relationship between migration and development (specifically, poverty reduction), and what determines the nature of this relationship?

• What can and should the UK and its partners in international development do to maximise the benefits and minimise the risks and costs of migration for poor people, developing and transition countries?

• How coherent is UK and EU migration policy with policy on other development-related matters and how might a more holistic and longer-term approach to migration be beneficial to the UK and its development partners?

In order to address these questions, the Committee's inquiry will examine a range of issues including: aid, development strategies and migration management; remittances; labour markets; the return of skilled migrants; mobilising diasporas and transnational networks; and, migrants' rights, asylum and refugee protection.


To date, the Committee has held four oral evidence sessions as part of this inquiry. The transcripts from these sessions can be found at the following website address:

The Committee has also received written evidence from numerous organisations. The written evidence can be viewed at:


Further Information

The membership of the Committee is as follows: Tony Baldry (Chairman) (Conservative), John Barrett (Liberal Democrat), Mr John Battle (Labour), Hugh Bayley (Labour), Ann Clwyd (Labour), Mr Tony Colman (Labour), Mr Quentin Davies (Conservative); Mr Piara S. Khabra (Labour), Chris McCafferty (Labour), Mr Andrew Robathan (Conservative) and Tony Worthington (Labour).

Specific Committee Information: For the full terms of reference and for detailed enquiries, please contact Alan Hudson, Committee Specialist, on 020 7 219 1522 or

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