Migration holds immense potential. For example, well-managed migration enriches our country by creating jobs, sparking innovation, generating tax revenue and enabling cultural exchange. In addition ‒ in the sense of the so-called triple win ‒ it allows migrants to climb the social ladder and improve their living standard. Origin countries also benefit thanks to the transfer of money, knowledge and social resources. Migration is thus not a zero-sum game. Effective migration management additionally helps Germany meet its responsibility to people in need of protection, enabling such individuals to live lives free of persecution and war.
However, migration also holds risks. These include the exploitation of migrants, which also works to the detriment of native-born workers; the possibility of anti-foreigner propaganda campaigns and fear-mongering by right-wing populists; and so-called brain drain in countries of origin. In order to develop migration’s positive potential and minimize its risks, migration policy must be proactive, effective and fair. Thus, good migration management is also a fundamental precondition for an open society that welcomes migrants, accepts diversity and promotes participation.
Working with national and international partners, the Bertelsmann Stiftung draws on empirical insights to develop reform proposals for the effective and fair management of migration. In this process, migration is examined holistically, and encompasses all forms of entry, including employment-based or skilled-worker migration, education-related migration, family reunification and humanitarian migration.