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.



International Migration and Development in Lesotho: A Complex Interrelationship

The southern Africa region can conveniently be divided into migrant-origin countries (e.g. Mozambique, Malawi, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Swaziland) and migrantdestination states (South Africa, Botswana and Namibia). Regional studies carried out by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Southern African Migration Project (SAMP) identify several economic, ecological and political factors as the main migration triggers, with push and pull forces determining the sources and destinations (IOM 2005, 2007, Crush et al. 2006, Pendleton et al. 2006).


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