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Migration for climate action: how labour mobility can help the green transition

Time (GMT +01) 13:00 14:30
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This is a hybrid event, co-hosted alongside the Center for Global Development and IOM UK. It will take place online and in-person at ODI's London offices (note: lunch provided at 12pm for in-person attendees).

Human mobility can help provide the labour flexibility and skills urgently required for green transitions to address climate change and other environmental crises.

Dynamic labour markets, allowing geographical mobility of workers, are crucial to supply skills and labour where they are most needed to drive green transitions. However, this is hindered by insufficient skills in the existing labour force and difficulties like qualification recognition amongst workers with appropriate skills.

This event will explore emerging policy solutions to recognise and develop green skills in order for migrants to support climate-compatible development, while also benefiting both host countries and countries of origin (through circular mobility initiatives and wider international collaboration between governments, civil society and the private sector).

Building off earlier research on Migration and skills for the low‑carbon transition, the event will draw on a new report by ODI, Migration climate action: how labour mobility can help the green transition accompanied by a long-read breaking down opportunities alongside infographics on four case studies on migration and climate action. The report identifies opportunities across four case studies to support green transitions by improving the environmental impact and working conditions of migrant jobs, while creating new green skills and jobs for migrant workers.

This event will also share examples of initiatives around apprenticeships and domestic reskilling, skills mobility partnerships and circular mobility initiatives, and offer next steps on collaboration on policy and practice to take this agenda forward.

Please note: the event will take place at ODI, 203 Blackfriars Rd, London SE1 8NJ.

You can follow and share the event over Twitter, using the hashtag #Migration4Climate and tagging @ODIGlobal.


  • Ipek Gençsü

    Senior Research Fellow - ODI

    Chair and moderator

  • Nathaniel Mason

    Research Associate - ODI


  • Tauhid Pasha

    Head of Office - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) UK


  • Gifty Cudjoe

    Skills Development advisor - SNV Netherlands Development Organisation


  • Enea Stocco

    Country Lead - UN Capital Development Fund Ghana


  • Julien Varlin

    International Technical Officer - International Labour Organization (ILO)


  • Onyekachi Wambu

    Executive Director of the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD)


  • Dr. Stephen Adaawen

    Assistant Professor - University of Groningen


  • Edileny Tomé da Mata

    FAMSI - Andalusian Fund of Municipalities for International Solidarity


  • Marta Foresti

    Executive Director - ODI Europe

    Closing remarks