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.



Guyana Country Case Study

Historically, because of its large number of colonies, Britain was the most important source of migrants across continents. Available data indicate that migration from Britain averaged over 50 per thousand persons annually from the 1850s to the first decade of the 1900s. During the same period, over 50 million European citizens migrated, mainly to North America, with Canada averaging 88 per thousand persons per year and the USA 75 per thousand persons per year (Hatton and Williamson 1998).


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