n Africa Insight - The impact of migration flows : origin, transit and receiving states

Volume 40, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


Migration impacts are complex, context specific, and subject to change over time. The nature and extent of impact depends on who moves, how they fare abroad and their proclivity to stay connected, which may find expressions in flows of money, knowledge, and ideas and with stated intention to return at some date in future, (UNDP, 2009). The varied impact of migrants is envisaged in both the source and the destination states. Numerous studies have been undertaken on the impact on the latter states and they mainly highlight the negative consequences. Migration at its best is an avenue that complements broader local and national efforts to reduce poverty and improve development.

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