Evaluation of the Dutch Government Migration and Development Policy (2012)

In 2008, The Dutch Government published a Migration and Development Policy which built upon the 2004 Netherlands Policy memorandum on Development and Migration. The 2008 policy note acknowledged that the potential role of migrants was increasingly recognised in development of their home country. Migrants assisted, for example, through the sending of remittances or by utilizing skills and qualifications for social-economic and political development of their home countries. It was concluded that government policy could make a modest contribution in strengthening the positive effects of migration on development and mitigating any negative effects. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has appointed the Pantenia/Research for Policy and the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (MGSoG) as partners in evaluating this implementation of this policy. The evaluation was implemented between February 2012 and May 2012. MGSoG was involved in the creation of 5 case study report, which fed into the final report.