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13 International Migration Policies And The Fight Against Poverty: Some Final Reflections

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This chapter brings together various issues that is hoped to help in the design of migration policies relevant, or beneficial, to development. If we look at international migration from the perspective of the sending countries, however, a different-more diverse-picture emerges. The majority of migration flows are found to be directed not towards the core receiving countries just referred to. Only a limited number of countries are characterised by South-North migration. By far the majority of emigration countries are found to be the subject of South-South migration. International migration is nowadays reshaping the world in a selective way, contributing to a global reallocation of development opportunities for the various countries in the world. Some countries in sub-Saharan Africa benefit from migration as a new source of financial capital, or use it as a source of negotiation power.

Keywords:international migration policies; South-North migration; South-South migration; sub-Saharan Africa



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