A War in a Pandemic. Implications of the Ukraine Crisis and COVID-19 on Global Governance of Migration and Remittance Flows

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Date published
01 May 2022
Research, reports and studies
Conflict, violence & peace, COVID-19
World Bank


This Migration and Development Brief, "A war in a pandemic - Implications of the Ukraine crisis and COVID-19 on global governance of migration and remittance flows," discusses the anticipated effects of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on migration and remittance flows. In addition, ahead of the International Migration Review Forum to be held in May 2022, the brief indicates how the global governance of migration can be strengthened and cross-border remittance flows facilitated. Developments concerning migration-related Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators for which the World Bank is a custodian—increasing the volume of remittances as a percentage of gross domestic product (SDG indicator 17.3.2) and reducing remittance costs (SDG indicator 10.c.1)—are also discussed.