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In this fifth edition of the newsletter, you will discover the culmination of a comprehensive consultative process shaping the Global Diaspora Policy Alliance (GDPA). Diasporas have achieved recognition as pivotal development and humanitarian contributors at the highest political echelons. They serve as essential partners in development, and the integration of their contributions into global policies and programs should be more comprehensive, systematic, and sustainable.

Carrying out the Onomastic Analysis for Mapping the Kazakh Diaspora

This study is based on quantitative (survey of respondents) and qualitative (survey of experts, in-depth interviews) methods of collecting information collected in December 2021 - August 2022. Purpose: to study the institutionalization of the Kazakh community of the Russian Federation. The study consists of two parts: 1) survey of respondents – ethnic Kazakhs living in the Russian Federation (citizens of the Russian Federation), 2) survey of expert specialists, scientists, researchers in the field of migration, diasporology, anthropology, international relations, etc.

Empowering Migrants and Communities: Private Sector Engagement for Inclusive Sustainable Development

The need to expand private sector engagement for enhanced migration and sustainable development outcomes is very clear. International agreements, like the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, have already recognized that the private sector has a critical role to play in ensuring that migrants can contribute to sustainable development and that their fundamental rights are upheld.

Regional consultations: Towards the Global Diaspora Policy Alliance

This report summarizes the key information shared during the four regional consultations held onSeptember 25 and 27. The objective of this report is to update key partners on the progress made duringthe consultative process aimed at establishing the Global Diaspora Policy Alliance.


The Diaspora Team at IOM Headquarters is pleased to present the fourth edition of the Global Diaspora Newsletter. We are particularly excited about the advancements towards the future Global Diaspora Policy Alliance. This issue has a regional focus on Southern America. Readers will find an article from IOM Buenos Aires regarding its diaspora engagement agenda and activities.

Diaspora and Transnational identities - An Analysis of Legal Frameworks and Policies

Diasporas possess unique qualities that make them valuable partners in the Humanitarian Development Peace Nexus. They have the knowledge, networks and motivation to effectively respond to emergencies and contribute to long-term development solutions.

Impactful Skills, Effective Strategies and Innovative Tools

In 2023, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), iDiaspora, the Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism (GRFDT), the Global Diaspora Confederation (GDC), and the Migration Youth and Children Platform (MYCP) partnered to organize three Global Diaspora Virtual Exchanges on communication, aiming to boost diaspora engagement for development. The core focus was on refining communication techniques, strategic frameworks, and cutting-edge tools within the intricate tapestry of project management.

Diaspora in Action Twenty Success Stories from Diaspora Experts

IOM the Netherlands has nearly twenty years of experience implementing various diaspora engagement programmes. These programmes promote development through diaspora engagement. Connecting Diaspora for Development is the most recent programme in which diaspora members acted as actors for development in their countries of origin. In addition to demonstrating the value of diaspora contributions, the programme also showcased the voice of individual diaspora experts. Each expert has a unique story and experience and underwent personal challenges and achievements.

DIASPORAS AND THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS: A snapshot of the available evidence

KEY POINTS • IOM defines diasporas as migrants or descendants of migrants whose identity and senses of belonging, either real or symbolic, have been shaped by their migration experience and background (see Figure 1). • At least 280,5 million people – around 3 per cent of the global population - live in a country other than their country of origin. • More than 70 percent of countries participating in the Migration Governance Indicators (MGI) globally have established diaspora or emigration institutions.

Mapping the Rwandan Diaspora in the United States of America

Mapping the Rwandan Diaspora in the United States of America is the report on a mapping exercise that took place in the United States of America from November 2021 to March 2022. The study aimed to gain insights into the socioeconomic profile, professional skills and expertise of this population and assess their capacity, level of interest and motivation to participate and engage in development-related activities in Rwanda.