Project-induced in-migration (or influx) involves the movement of people into an area in anticipation of, or in response to, economic opportunities associated with the development and/or operation of a new project. Although a company cannot be held wholly responsible for in-migration associated with the broader economic development of the region, the company should assume primary responsibility for project-induced in-migration within the project area of influence.
Large-scale projects can induce in-migration, which can adversely affect local governments and communities. Until now, little information has been available to describe the phenomenon and promote improved assessment and management. IFC's Projects and People: A Handbook for Addressing Project-Induced In-Migration presents first-of-its-kind guidance on in-migration risk assessment and management.