Migration Policies and Interventions: Lessons from New Zealand and the Pacific. David McKenzie, Development Research Group , World Bank. Motivation. Knowledge of what works and what doesn’t in terms of migration policy is a public good Yet very few serious evaluations
Development Research Group, World Bank
=> Role for international organizations to work with national governments in trying to answer this question.
i.e. basically extends range of family members who could migrate from narrow family-sponsored categories, but doesn’t give those without family a chance to migrate
Following the policy change, we see far fewer migrants relying on family to get job offer, and more taking up job offer upon arrival.
- difficult to evaluate ex post
- Pilot programs provide an ideal time for experimentation and knowledge generation.