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Seminar "World Development Report (WDR) 2023: Migrants, Refugees, and Societies"

July 6, 2023

Co-organized by World Bank Group and JICA Ogata Sadako Research Institute for Peace and Development 

Populations across the globe are aging at an unprecedented pace, making many countries increasingly reliant on migration to realize their long-term growth potential, according to a new report from the World Bank. 

The World Development Report 2023: Migrants, Refugees, and Societies, issued on April 25, 2023, identifies this trend as a unique opportunity to make migration work better for economies and people. Wealthy countries as well as a growing number of middle-income countries—traditionally among the main sources of migrants—face diminishing populations, intensifying the global competition for workers and talent. Meanwhile, most low-income countries are expected to see rapid population growth, putting them under pressure to create more jobs for young people.

At this hybrid seminar, Quy-Toan Do, Co-Direcror of WDR2023, presented the main finding of the report.


3pm-4:30pm, Thursday July 6, 2023 (Japan Standard Time)


Keynote presentation

Quy-Toan Do
Co-Director, WDR 2023, World Bank 

Presentation material: World Development Report (WDR) 2023 Migrants, Refugees, and Societies (PDF)


Lisette R. Robles
Research Fellow, JICA Ogata Sadako Research Institute for Peace and Development

Presentation material: Reflecting Development Considerations for Those Displaced: Intersections of the WDR 2023 and the Research on Forced Migration (PDF)

Yosuke Kobayashi
Deputy Director General for Citizen Partnership Promotion and Senior Director, Office for Foreign Human Resources, Domestic Strategy and Partnership Department, JICA

Presentation material: WDR 2023 “Migrants, Refugees, and Societies” and JICA’s Work on Migration and Development (PDF)

Tatsufumi Yamagata
Professor, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University; and others 

Presentation material: Launch Seminar WDR2023: Migrants, Refugees, & Societies (PDF)


Koichi Omori
Senior External Affairs Officer, World Bank Tokyo Office 



Seminar Highlights World Development Report's Alignment with JICA's Migration and Development Work (JICA Ogata Research Institute)

Why Countries May Start Competing for More Migrants | World Development Report 2023 (YouTube)


  • DATE/TIME: 3pm-4:30pm, Thursday July 6, 2023 (Japan Standard Time)
  • FORMAT: Hhybrid (For those who would like to join via online, Webex link will be sent later.)
  • VENUE for on-site participants: World Bank Tokyo Office (TDLC), 14th Floor, Fukoku Seimei Building, 2-2-2 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan (Please refer "ACCESS" in RELATED below)
  • LANGUAGE: English and Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • CONTACT: Koichi Omori, World Bank Tokyo