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Development Centre Studies Tackling the Policy Challenges of Migration: Regulation, Integration, Development (Complete Edition ‐ ISBN 9789264126398)

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This book contributes to the current debate on migration policy, focusing on three main elements in the standard migration policy dialogue: the regulation of flows, the integration of immigrants and the impact of labour mobility on development.

In particular it argues that the current governance of international migration is both insufficient and inefficient. Restrictive and non‐cooperative migration policies not only affect development in sending countries but also have counterproductive effects in the countries that implement them. Likewise, the lack of integration policies generates costs for society. In this respect, the book focuses on South‐South migration and highlights the specific risks of neglecting integration in developing countries. It also analyses the effects of emigration on origin‐country labour markets and underlines the externalities of immigration policies in migrant‐sending countries.

The book explores the feasibility of implementing a coherent governance framework centred on three complementary objectives: i) a more flexible regulation of international migration flows; ii) a better integration of immigrants in developing countries; and iii) a higher impact of labour mobility on development.


Executive Summary

Chapter 1. Introduction: Facts, perceptions, reactions

‐The main facts of contemporary migration

‐The policy challenges of international migration

Chapter 2. Global governance and the regulation of migration flows

‐A non‐cooperative governance framework

‐The political economy of migration regulation

‐Counter‐productive effects of non‐cooperative policies

‐Introducing the benefits of immigration in the debate

Chapter 3. Immigrant integration in the South

‐South‐South migration: Is social cohesion at risk?

‐Why traditional models of integration do not apply in the South

‐What priorities?

‐Annex 3.A1. Research work in Ghana

Chapter 4. Emigration, labour markets and development

‐How emigration affects migrant households

‐How emigration affects migrant‐sending countries

‐The international externalities of migration policies

‐Leaving the country, reshaping the labour market

Chapter 5. Rethinking the governance of international migration

‐A more flexible regulation of international migration flows

‐A better intefation of immigrants

‐A greater iimpact of labour mobility on development

‐Interactions and complementarities of objectives

Chapter 6. Conclusion: Towards effective partnerships

‐Fostering international cooperation

‐Strengthening decentralisation

‐Including more actors

‐Improving policy coherence
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Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2011-11-01

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