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Don't Close the Golden Door: Making Immigration Policy Work for Development

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Publication Date: August 2008

Publisher(s): Center for Global Development

Author(s): Michael Clemens

Special Collection: Presidential Advisory

Topic: Population and demographics (Immigration and immigration policy)

Keywords: Presidential transition; Immigration Policy

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


This White House and the World Brief presents the key facts and recommendations drawn from Chapter Nine of The White House and the World: A Global Development Agenda for the Next U.S. President.

International movements of people can spark and sustain the development process in poor countries, helping people climb out of poverty. Creating opportunities for poor people to improve their lives promotes our values, enhances our security,and restores our faltering image abroad. The next president of the United States has an opportunity to advance a migration agenda that is one of several pillars of our leadership position on global development. CGD research fellow Michael Clemens shows how.