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2 Perspectives On International Migration And National Development In Sub-Saharan Africa

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This chapter presents an overview of perspectives, best practices and lessons learnt with respect to migration and development policy coherence; migration management through bilateral and multilateral cooperation agreements. It discusses the role of migrant remittances and incentive regimes in promoting its productive domestic investment; diaspora transnational activities; and co-development programmes and their potential for addressing emigration pressure at the origin. The chapter focuses on specific examples of how sub-Saharan African governments address the issues of migration policy and management; migration and development; and sub-regional economic integration for intra-regional labour mobility. International migration will become more important in the future as prospects for internal and intra-regional migration are increasingly limited- indeed are shrinking-as a result of generalised poverty, unemployment, inadequate land tenure, and socioeconomic insecurity. The chapter concludes by stressing the need for mutually beneficial trade regimes, South-South and South-North collaboration in capacity-building of officials, research and improved migration-related data systems.

Keywords:co-development programme; emigration pressure; international migration; intra-regional labour mobility; migration policy; sub-Saharan Africa



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