|ORGANIZATION||UNICEF and University of Houston|
This paper focuses on the issue of migration and development by discussing some of the practical and theoretical foundations needed for a comprehensive, valid and reliable data collection program that incorporates both international migration and development data throughout different levels of analysis, that is, from a multilevel perspective. The paper examines the micro and macro approaches to the study of international migration and its developmental consequences. It presents a rationale for why a multilevel approach is needed to gauge the potential impacts of migration on development. The paper concludes with some recommendations for the international community to consider in terms of the priority areas for data collection and research and in terms of how current data collection efforts could be utilized in the short term to enhance our understanding of such a complex phenomenon.