Donor Initiatives to Engage with South Sudanese Diaspora

This report provides details of donor programmes designed to engage with the South Sudanese diaspora with the goal of supporting their development efforts in the country. It also provides details of similar programmes with the Somali diaspora and diaspora from other post-conflict states in Africa. A small number of initiatives are currently being undertaken with the South ...» more

Crisis or Adaptation? Migration and Climate Change in a Context of High Mobility

Cecilia Tacoli

This paper argues that migration can be an adaptive strategy. There is growing evidence to suggest that mobility, together with income diversification, is important in reducing vulnerability to both environmental and non-environmental risks. Short-term urban migration is already often used a means of broadening income in times of agricultural shortage. Supporting migration to ...» more

In Search of Shelter: Mapping the Effects of Climate Change on Human Migration and Displacement

Koko Warner et al.

To what extent is climate change causing – and is likely to cause – the displacement and migration of people around the world? How should policymakers respond? This report draws on empirical evidence from a first-time, multi-continent survey of environmental change and migration. It argues that climate-related migration and displacement can be successfully addressed ...» more

Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Assessing the Evidence

Frank Laczko, Christine Aghazarm

How is environmental change affecting migration and how can policymakers address this emerging challenge? The book assesses the existing body of evidence relating to the likely impact of environmental and climate change on migration. It recommends that the focus of research and funding shift toward developing countries where migration, both internal and international, is most ...» more

Climate Change and Migration

The difficulty of making predictions of future patterns of climate change migration springs principally from the fact that, methodologically, it is very difficult if not impossible to unpack the different environmental drivers and triggers of migration. People move for complex sets of reasons of which a changing environment is only one. As such it is important to try to ...» more

Human Trafficking and New Patterns of Migration

Thanh-Dam Truong

How have social changes within migration-generating societies converged with an enlargement of the underground economy worldwide? How has this convergence created new conditions under which migrants (trafficked or smuggled) become incorporated into the worlds of production and consumption? This study, from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, argues that there is, ...» more

Demographics and Climate Change: Future Trends and their Policy Implications for Migration

Richard Black et al.

This paper explores the potential impact of future demographic and climate change on migration patterns in developing countries. It argues that policymakers should not seek to prevent migration resulting from climate change: some migration impacts from existing emissions are likely to be unavoidable, and migration itself can have both positive and negative effects. Rather, ...» more

Mapping Research on Migration

This query aims to identify research organisations with long-term programmes on the links between migration and development. There are a large number of institutes working on the issue of migration in the UK, US, and particularly Europe. Most of their work focusses on national and European migration trends, and the integration, exclusion, and citizenship of migrants within host ...» more

Information Campaigns and Migration

Information campaigns aim to provide would-be migrants with information about the potential risks associated with illegal migration in order to raise their awareness and ultimately (although not always explicitly) deter them from migrating through irregular channels. These campaigns have largely, but not exclusively, taken place within the framework of counter-trafficking ...» more

Migrants/Diaspora and Integration

Rising interest in the area of 'transnationalism and integration' has resulted in an increase in research studies in recent years. Most of these studies find that migrant/diaspora involvement in their home countries is not a threat to their integration in host countries. Rather transnationalism and integration can comfortably coexist. Further, some studies have found that ...» more

International Labour Migration of Nepalese Women: The Impact of their Remittances on Poverty Reduction

C. Bhadra

What impact do remittances from women migrant workers have on poverty reduction in Nepal? This article finds that remittances play an important role in poverty reduction but that female migration can also involve significant human costs. It argues that the Nepali state and international development agencies should pay greater attention to the issue of women's migration and its ...» more

Civil Society Beyond the State: The Impact of Diaspora Communities on Peace Building

Feargal Cochrane

Diaspora communities are key aspects of civil society, but what are their potential positive contributions to peacebuilding? This journal article by Feargal Cochrane identifies diaspora as a neglected aspect of existing literature on the role and impact of civil society in divided societies. As seen in the case of the Irish diaspora in the Northern Ireland conflict and peace ...» more

Conflict-generated Diasporas and Transnational Politics in Ethiopia

Terrence Lyons

How can diaspora groups created by conflict contribute to either increased polarisation or new opportunities for peace in the homeland? This article in Conflict, Security and Development explores ways in which conflict-generated diaspora groups link processes of globalisation and transnational migration to homeland politics and conflicts. The case of the Ethiopian diaspora in ...» more

Climate Change and Conflict: The Migration Link

N P Gleditsch, I Salehyan

This paper from the International Peace Academy argues that climate change is likely to lead to mass exodus from uninhabitable areas, placing significant burdens on migrant receiving areas, although adaptation is more likely than armed conflict in the absence of exacerbating political and social factors. Climate change warrants consideration by the United Nations (UN) as a ...» more

Risk Amplification: HIV in Migrant Communities

P Banati

What is the relationship between migration and HIV risk in South Africa? This paper from Development Southern Africa identifies urban informal settlements as key magnifiers of risk which increase the vulnerability of migrants to HIV. It emphasises the importance of understanding behavioural patterns of vulnerable groups and the multiple dimensions of risk. As high-risk ...» more

Moving Out of Poverty – Making Migration Work Better for Poor People

Department for International Development

How can policymakers and development agencies maximise the opportunities and minimise the risks associated with rising levels of national and international migration? This paper from the UK Department for International Development analyses the impact of voluntary economic migration on poverty reduction and development goals. Migration carries risks both for migrants and for the ...» more

Climate change and conflict

There is very little academic research on the links between climate change and conflict. Of the few studies that are available, the findings are mixed. Most authors argue that whilst climate change may well result in increased conflict, this path is not certain. The most commonly discussed scenarios are that climate change causes resource scarcity, which prompts violent ...» more

Organised Diaspora Networks and Homeland Peacebuilding: The Bosnian World Diaspora Network as a Potential Development Actor

Gregory Kent

How connected with the homeland are existing diaspora networks? What factors limit and promote strong relationships? How effective have diaspora networks been in assisting the transformations required for peacebuilding? This journal article assesses the potential of diasporas to contribute to post conflict reconstruction in the homeland, looking at the case of the Bosnian World ...» more

Place, Social Protection and Migration in Bangladesh: A Londoni Village in Biswanath

K Gardner, Z Ahmed

What are the dynamics of internal and overseas migration in a typical ‘Londoni’ village in Bangladesh? What are the effects on poverty and access to social protection? This working Paper form the Development Research Centre on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty questions generalised notions of ‘social protection’ common to development discourse through an analysis of social ...» more