On the Move: The Migration Challenge
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Migration is a development challenge. About 184 million people—2.3 percent of the world’s population—live outside of their country of nationality, and almost half of them are in low- and middle-income countries. In this episode of The Development Podcast, we explore the conversation around migration, from global economic imbalances, demographic changes, and conflict, to the opportunities it can bring to people and host communities.

To unpack this and more, we speak to Xavier Devictor, the World Bank’s co-Director for this year’s World Development Report and four individuals, including two migrants in Colombia and the Philippines, who share their stories of success and survival outside of their home countries.

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Featured Voices

  • Xavier Devictor, Co-Director, World Development Report 2023
  • Paula Rossiasco, Senior Social Development Specialist, World Bank
  • Alejandra Botero, Former Director, Nation Planning Department Colombia
  • Alvin Ang, Professor in the Department of Economics, Ateneo de Manila University
  • Dexibel Bravo, Venezuelan entrepreneur
  • Angelito Castro, Philippine fish farmer


[00:00] Welcome and introduction of the topic

[02:03] Colombia: Perspectives and stories from the ground

[09:58] Philippines: Perspectives and stories from the ground

[14:00] The state of migration around the world

[18:08] The role of governments and policy makers

[26:01] Closure and thanks for tuning in!


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