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.



The Dynamics of Migration and Development in Small States

International migration – an integral part of globalisation – has always been part of human existence. The recent upsurge in international migration has occurred in conjunction with the general increase in flows of trade, investment, finance, cultural products, information and technology. International migration has transnational implications when migrants pursue livelihoods in ‘receiving’ states and at the same time sustain links and activities in their countries of origin, thus affecting two states (Siskandarajah et al. 2008).


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