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Migration and Development: How to make migration work for poverty reduction

posted on 2023-06-08, 00:10 authored by L. Alan WintersL. Alan Winters
The costs and benefits of migration are distributed, unevenly, between and within countries and social groups. The balance and distribution of costs and benefits depends upon the nature of the migration in question, and on the links which migration establishes between places of origin and destination. This report shows how governments and others could - by shaping the nature of migration and the distribution of its costs and benefits - make migration work for the poor. But first it is necessary to deal with some of the myths which surround the subject e.g. migration and migrants are problems to be dealt with; there is a "tidal wave" of migrants about to crash our shores; migrationn is primarily about people moving from developing countries to developed countries"; it is the poorest, most desperate people who migrate; migration harms the prospects of developing countries by causing brain-drain.


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UK House of Commons, Interntional Development Committee, Sixth Report of Session 2003

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Oral Evidence to House of Commons International Development Committee, 6th Report of Session 2003-2004, HC 79-II

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