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.




Over the past two decades, the migration–development nexus has received increasing attention from experts, policy-makers and the international community as a whole, with many studies emphasising the need to mainstream migration into development planning and, more recently, into the global development agenda. The concept of migration has moved away from that of a mere brain drain to that of a twenty-firstcentury international phenomenon requiring careful attention to maximise its benefits at a minimal cost. However, the majority of the studies on the topic have dwelt on the migration–development nexus in general terms, often putting developing countries into one homogeneous group without considering the unique characteristics that other subgroupings, such as ‘small states’, have.


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