Accepted paper:

Globalisation, diaspora and development: the Third World experience


Sasmita Mohanty (Rajdhani College, University of Delhi)

Paper short abstract:

The paper aims to explore the relationship between globalization and migration. It also makes an assessment about diaspora contribution to development in the regions of their origin.

Paper long abstract:

Globalisation is an important phenomenon of international politics in the twenty-first century which brought about significant changes in international relations and broadened its area of study. In general sense, globalisation is a process which leads to free flow of technology, knowledge, ideas, capital, money, services, raw-materials, people and culture across the border. Globalisation is the driving force of development and the international diaspora communities play a significant role in the developmental process. International migration and recent flows of people in particular has given rise to the formation of so-called transnational communities around the world and the third world is no exception. These transnational communities maintain active links between "host" and "home" countries and are dynamic though under-recognised and under-valued players in the development of their regions of origin.

Within this backdrop, this paper attempts to analyse how globalisation is the main force of development in the third world countries and the engagement of the diaspora in the entire process. This paper is divided in to three parts. The first part of this paper explores the links between globalisation and migration. Second part specifically focuses on "diaspora and development" in a contemporary setting with an assessment of what is known about diaspora contribution to development in regions of their origin. And the third part traces the recent trends and developments emerging out of the globalisation process and its impact on over all development process and the diaspora community.

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The causes and diversity of migration processes (IUAES Commission on Migration and Diaspora)