While the importance of diaspora contributions to countries of residence and of origin is increasingly well known and understood, particularly when it comes to financial capital such as remittances, little is known about other forms of diaspora contributions, such as intellectual capital, political capital, cultural capital, social capital and time volunteered.
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Diaspora, Development and Migration (APPG DDM) was created to:
promote parliamentary and public understanding of the key issues affecting diaspora communities in the UK, and to expand and enhance their contributions to the international development agenda
The aim of APPGDDM is to connect parliamentarians with diaspora organisations, academics and civil society groups to inform policy on how diaspora contributions can be harnessed for a greater impact.
The APPGDDM will:
- Raise parliamentary and public awareness of the key research, policies, and best practice regarding the contributions made by the UK’s diaspora communities to the UK and to their countries of origin;
- Bring together the knowledge and experience of members of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, practitioners, researchers, and academics in order to develop proposals aimed at influencing policy;
- Encourage different diaspora communities in the UK to share knowledge, experience, and best practice on migration and development issues.
The APPGDDM will also work closely to link with appropriate government and civil society bodies in the UK, EU, and globally to share best practice. It will encourage international experts and researchers in the field to share their ideas and research findings on a regular basis. In addition, the APPG intends to publish briefings on issues pertaining to this subject area.