Strengthening the link between migration and development: testing an integrated service provider to Moldovan migrants and their communities (NEXUS)

Project completed

Moldova is heavily affected by brain- and skills-drain/waste as a result of massive migration with over ¼ of its active population being abroad. Remittances support consumption-led economy growth, but their productive investment is less than 10%. This project explores the development potential of migration, by promoting circular migration practices and efficient accumulation and transfer of financial and human capital of migrants and Diaspora.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Migration generally (development aspects and partnerships)
01.05.2013 - 31.01.2016
CHF  650’000

The Government of Moldova shifted from perceiving migration solely as a social problem, to regarding it as a substantial development opportunity. Important results have been achieved in monitoring and managing migration processes, in developing policies aimed at enhancing the development impact of migration and reducing its negative consequences. The National Development Strategy “Moldova 2020” approaches migration policies from the point of view of human capital retention and the development of a new economic growth model.


To foster links between migration and development at the local level, by developing durable capacities and systematic collaboration among national and sub-national authorities, civil society and private-sector stakeholders.

Target groups

National & local authorities, civil society (including Diaspora groups) and private-sector stakeholders. Final beneficiaries 250,000 potential, current, returning migrants, and dependents, vulnerable groups and local communities of/from target countries.

Medium-term outcomes


  • Capacity of national and local authorities to promote circular migration practices & enhance sustainable local development strengthened.
  • Beneficiaries assisted to “migrate smarter and return better” by: reducing personal, domestic and social risks and costs of migration and return, meeting migration-related goals in a more efficient manner, getting home sooner & benefit from more sustainable return measures.
  • Discourage irregular migration practices, and increase the development impact of circular migration.


    Results from previous phases:  

    The project builds upon the results of previous interventions by the implementing agency in the region. Some of the results achieved in Moldova, Kosovo and Albania: significant increase in the Government, banks and micro-credit institutions awareness about the development potential of migration; based on thorough assessment of demand, a number of products and services for migrants and their households were developed, tested and implemented (ex.: long-term deposit schemes, trans-national mortgages, internet banking, joint remittance transfer/savings products, etc); marketing and confidence-building actions targeting migrants were developed and implemented by some of the financial institutions involved.

    Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
    Credit area Swiss cooperation with Eastern Europe
    Project partners Contract partner
    International or foreign NGO
    • Other international or foreign NGO North
    • International Agency for Source Country Information (IASCI) - a non-profit NGO, based in Austria, specialized in field-based research/information systems and migration management and development.

    Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    650’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    640’668
    Project phases

    Phase 1 01.05.2013 - 31.01.2016   (Completed)