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MPI-EUI Development Research
The recession has deeply affected sending countries, through not only reduced opportunities for emigration, but also through substantially dampened remittance flows. Such reductions can be expected to have a measurable effect on poverty. If the immigration effects of the crisis continue, they are likely to affect social and cultural remittances—migrants’ capacity to contribute to their home countries through entrepreneurship and the transfer of ideas and growth-inducing knowledge.
Migration Policy Institute Research
Migration and development have become a pressing policy priority on the global agenda over the past decade, and a number of revisions to conventional thinking on the subject have gained traction and yielded innovative—albeit in many cases yet unproven—policies and programs. This brief identifies critical lessons from the past decade of policy experimentation and offers some recommendations for policy moving forward.
As migration has become an increasingly visible global phenomenon in recent decades, there has been heightened interest in the complex relationship between migration and the development prospects of migrants’ countries of origin. While individual migrants and their families tend to benefit from the decision to seek opportunities abroad, the consequences for migrant communities and countries of origin are more ambiguous. This report examines the evidence and whether there is any role for U.S. policymakers to play.
Climate change is a new driver of human migration, and is expected by many to dwarf all other factors in its impact. But while there is growing concern about climate change, far less agreement exists about what kinds of effects will be felt where, by whom, and precisely when. Human displacement is a result of a complex mix of factors, and some of the more commonly repeated predictions of the numbers of people who will be displaced by climate change are not informed by a full understanding of the dynamics of migration. This report analyzes the salient mechanisms of displacement: sea level rise, higher temperatures, disruption of water cycles, and increasing severity of storms. It also examines the ensuing migration responses and proposes recommendations to offset the severity of displacement.