Migration and Development

Perspectives from Small States

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Over the past two decades, studies on the migration-development nexus often portray small states as one homogeneous group, ‘developing countries’, without considering their critical and peculiar challenges or inherent vulnerabilities, due mainly to their size.

This book explores key dynamics of migration and development in a small states setting. It includes case studies from small states in Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific that will help policy-makers to embrace migration as an inevitable phenomenon and devise policies that will maximise the benefits from migration at a minimal cost.




For more than four decades, the Commonwealth Secretariat has been working on behalf of small states – presenting to the international community the particular challenges that they encounter, proposing both national and international policy responses and providing a targeted programme of assistance to enable these countries to achieve their development goals. Small states have a unique set of developmental challenges, encumbered as they are by their small size, remoteness, limited human and institutional capacity, indivisible fixed costs, small markets, lack of diversification and opportunities restricted by scale.


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