Labor mobility's potential to alleviate poverty will make it one of the most important drivers of human development over the next century. The movement of hundreds of millions of job seekers from rural areas to cities over the past fifty years has exemplified the tremendous power of this potential. However, without concerted efforts to include these newcomers in urban workforces, housing markets, and social networks, these migrants may find that labor mobility's potential benefits remain out of reach.
Join Maitreyi Das, lead author of Inclusion Matters, and Doug Saunders, author of Arrival City, in a conversation with SPL Lead Economist Omar Arias. Together, they will identify how the World Bank can collaborate with national and local governments to realize the benefits of labor mobility by fostering social inclusion in the world's arrival cities.
- Maitreyi Bordia Das is Lead Social Development Specialist in the Social, Urban Rural and Resilience Global Practice of the World Bank in Washington, D.C. She has long-time experience working on issues of inequality and exclusion and on the design and implementation of social policy and programs.
- Doug Saunders is a Canadian-British author and journalist. He is the author of the book Arrival City (2011) and the London-based European bureau chief for The Globe and Mail. He writes a weekly column devoted to the larger themes and intellectual concepts behind international news, and has won the National Newspaper Award, Canada's counterpart to the Pulitzer Prize, on four occasions.
- Xiaoqing Yu is the Director for the Social Protection and Labor Global Practice at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. She previously served as Director of the Human Development Sector in East Asia and the Pacific and she advanced World Bank work on rural-to-urban migration and migrant employment in China.