Migration has both positive and negative impacts on poor people and poor countries. Migrants send money home to their families which can improve access to schooling and healthcare. If they return home, they take new skills with them. However, migration dampens economic growth in the migrants' home countries and undermines public services as teachers and health workers leave for more attractive salaries abroad.
UNDP is an active member of the Global Migration Group (GMG), coordinating its work on migration with other UN agencies, the World Bank and the International Organization on Migration. By participating in joint activities and conducting research and advocacy, UNDP seeks to improve the understanding of the complex effects of migration on developing countries.