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Project News: How to foster return migration within Europe – sharing policies and practices, workshop in Warsaw

28 May 2019


On 27 May 2019, ICMPD and the Ministry of Investment and Economic Development of Poland organised a joint workshop titled: “Return Migration. Polish and international perspective”. The goal was to learn from the policies and practices of other EU Member States, while discussing them in the Polish context.

Discussions during the workshop focused on the question of return migration policies including various home country strategies that foster different types of returns, factors determining their effectiveness and potential impact. In addition, policy tools that could be potentially applicable in stimulating and facilitating the return of Polish emigrants were discussed. The meeting gathered experts and representatives of government institutions from Poland and selected EU Member States where return policy is high on the agenda, including Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Latvia and Lithuania.

The event was organised within the project “Labour Migration Strategy in Poland” that is currently implemented by ICMPD in cooperation with the Polish Ministry of Investment and Economic Development, the Polish Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy and Statistics Poland and funded by the European Commission Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS).

Context & Background

Return migration constitutes an integral element in the phenomenon of international migration that has been receiving growing attention also within the European Union, especially in countries of origin interested in leveraging return migration to their economic advantage. The outgoing mobility of citizens from middle-income to high-income EU member states has continued or intensified for specific countries in the aftermath of the 2008 economic crisis. Realising the potential benefits of return migration (investments as well as transfer of skills and knowledge), governments have introduced various programmes encouraging return migration. Countries usually do not have a stand-alone comprehensive return policy, it is rather an element of other policies, for example diaspora policies, broader migration strategies, talent attraction and development policies. 

About the project

The project aims to support the Polish government in developing a comprehensive and sustainable policy framework for labour migration. It targets relevant Polish government ministries and public administrations in order to increase their institutional capacity to design and implement labour migration policies in line with Poland’s needs and strategic priorities. The results will be a number of concrete deliverables including reports and working papers on best practices.