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Title:Migration and development: challenges and opportunities for the West African region
Authors:Adepoju, AderantiISNI
Wiel, Arie van der
Periodical:Nigerian Journal of International Affairs (ISSN 0331-3646)
Geographic term:West Africa
Subjects:international migration
migration policy
Abstract:This paper on the migration patterns within and out of West Africa and their impact on the region's development concentrates on five areas of the migration-development nexus, namely the management of migration, brain drain, remittances, diaspora linkages and return migration. The paper argues that the fight against irregular migration, which is risky and costly and reduces the development benefits of migration, is central in the policy on management of migration. One of the biggest concerns is brain drain. Remittance flows are the biggest positive aspect of migration for the countries of origin. Furthermore, if migration were more temporary and migrants would return to their home countries, this would reduce the developmental downsides of migration from developing countries. Temporary migration schemes which provide benefits for both migrant receiving and sending countries are perhaps the ultimate goal of migration policy. But past experiences has led some to conclude that temporary migration inevitably becomes permanent. In conclusion, the paper stresses the need for more research in this area. Ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]