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Mapping the development impacts of migration

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Name of the Asset | Mapping the development impacts of migration
Type of Asset | Working Paper
Date | July 2007


Migration remains at the top of the development agenda, given the large-scale and profound development impacts of the phenomenon. This paper presents a comprehensive framework for mapping the economic and social impacts of migration, focusing particularly on developing countries that send migrants to other countries, as a way to understand and frame the relationship between migration and development, and to help policymakers devise plans to optimize the overall development impacts of migration.

This paper contends that to move towards a more holistic analysis of migration and development impacts, we first need to have an idea of how migration and development are linked conceptually. This has been done by filtering the list of potential impacts of migration and creating a map, presented in the paper, which shows eight areas of impact – people’s capabilities, as well as economic, education, health, gender, wider social, governance, environmental sustainability and disaster relief impacts. The table further outlines how these impacts may occur, as well as their respective likely relationships to development.


  • Laura Chappell (Equalities and Citizenship Team, ippr, London, England)
  • Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah (Head of the Migration, Equalities and Citizenship Team, ippr, London, England) 
Country and/or Region | United Kingdom
Name of the Program | Development on the Move: Measuring and Optimising the Economic and Social Impacts of Migration
Funder(s) | DFAT (formerly the Australian Agency for International Development), the Austrian Ministry of Finance, the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and NORAD.
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