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Migration Part and Parcel of Healthy Global Economy

June 18, 2020

The pandemic has put the brakes on migration, but economies depend on migrants in many ways. (iStock by Getty images/PeopleImages)

Migration has been the focus of heated political debate in recent years, surfacing misconceptions of its real economic impact. But a new study in The World Economic Outlook shows migration improves economic growth and productivity in host countries. In this podcast, IMF economist and co-author of the study, Margaux MacDonald, says supporting migrants now and ensuring migration trends continue beyond the pandemic will help the global economy recover.

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Margaux MacDonald is an economist in the IMF's Research Department.