International migration as a tool in development policy: a passing phase?

Skeldon, Ronald (2008) International migration as a tool in development policy: a passing phase? Population and Development Review, 34 (1). pp. 1-18. ISSN 0098-7921

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This article examines the recent rise of migration and development as a major area of policy concern. The focus up to now has been almost entirely upon international migration, which accounts for the minority of people who move. A consensus has emerged that migration can be managed to promote development and this article critically assesses three of the major areas of concern: remittances, skilled migration and the diaspora. While welcoming the growing acceptance that migration is no longer seen as negative for development, this article cautions against essentializing migration and placing too great a responsibility upon migrant agency at the expense of the institutional change necessary to bring about development. Internal as well as international migrations will need to be integrated into any development framework and it is further argued that these migrations are essentially a consequence of development. Planning for migration as an outcome rather than a cause of development is likely to provide a more balanced policy approach.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > G0001 Geography (General)
Depositing User: Ronald Skeldon
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:15
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2012 09:14
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