International Migration and National Development in sub-Saharan Africa

Viewpoints and Policy Initiatives in the Countries of Origin


This book focuses on achieving a better understanding of the implications of international migration for national development from the perspective of the sending countries (with an emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa). More specifically, the purpose of this volume is to explore (1) current perceptions - as seen from the perspective of the countries of origin - of the links between international migration and national development, and (2) current trends in policy making aimed at minimising the negative effects, while optimising the development impact. What are the dominant views and policy initiatives in the different countries of sub-Saharan Africa? It is concerned with the question of how a coherent international migration policy can contribute to the fight against poverty. In the book, update information is given of migration-development nexus in various countries, including Senegal and Burkina Faso, Botswana and Mozambique, Nigeria and Kenya . Attention is additionally paid to Mexico, the Philippines and the People's Republic of China.
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Biographical Note

Aderanti Adepoju received his PhD in Demography from the London School of Economics in 1973. He was appointed Professor at the University of Ife in 1980, and Research Professor and later Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 1988. As economist, demographer and development specialist, he has served as a consultant or team leader for missions and research activities on migration and regional integration for several international development agencies. He has published numerous books, monographs and scientific articles on international migration and regional integration in Africa.

Ton van Naerssen is an Associate Professor in Development Geography at the Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands. He is co-ordinator of the Urban and Regional Development research programme and a masters-level programme: Globalisation, Migration and Development. He is currently co-editing another book, Global Migration and Development (Routledge, forthcoming).

Annelies Zoomers is Professor in Human Geography, International Development Studies, at Utrecht University and Professor of International Migration at Radboud University (Nijmegen). She graduated in Human Geography of Developing Countries at Utrecht University in 1984 and received her PhD from the University of Nijmegen in 1988. She has published extensively on development issues and sustainable livelihood, land policies, tourism and migration.


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