The first project that the Ramphal Institute undertook was the establishment of a Commission on Migration and Development in 2009.
The decision to undertake this important study was based on the fact that, driven by social and economic disparities, more than 45 million people are living in Commonwealth countries other than the states they were born in.
Headed by the Hon P J Patterson, former Prime Minister of Jamaica
(1992-2006), the seven Commissioners worked over a two year period to
advocate their recommendations with governments and the media. Three reports
were produced to encourage Commonwealth governments to adopt mutually
beneficial and practical policies to maximise the benefits of international
migration for international economic and social development.