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Does Migration Lead to Development? Or is it Contributing to a Global Divide?

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Author(s): Annelies Zoomers | Gery Nijenhuis

Journal: Societies
ISSN 2075-4698

Volume: 2;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 122;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: international migration | development | south-north migration | south-south migration | diasporic states | migration flows | regional differences

ABSTRACT
This article aims to show that the benefits of international migration (often presented as a ‘global flow’) very much depend on the positionality of the areas involved, as well as the regional particularities. It is argued that countries producing south-north migration or diasporic states are in a more favorable position to benefit from international migration than countries that are mainly involved in south-south migration. In addition, the opportunity to benefit from international migration very much depends on geographical particularities. For example, international migration in the context of Latin America/USA is in many respects not comparable to what is happening in Africa, Asia, the EU and the Gulf States. Even though international migration is often described in terms of a growing connectedness in the age of globalization, it progresses also hand in hand with new gaps and regional divides.
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