Migrants, livelihoods and rights: the relevance of migration in development policies

Migrants, livelihoods and rights: the relevance of migration in development policies

The contributions of migration for poor households 

Aims to inform development policy debates with an improved understanding of migration. The paper starts from the idea that these debates pay too little attention to the contribution of migration to poverty reduction: policies tend to ignore migration, or have the implicit or explicit aim to reduce migration. The paper identifies possible negative aspects of migration, including increasing inequality and other effects on those who stay behind, but the emphasis is on the positive role migration plays for poor households. Building on new literature on sustainable livelihoods, the paper argues that we need a better understanding of the capabilities and strategies of poor people, in their own perspective, and that this will help to improve development policies. [author]

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