Large-scale migration, remittances and development: historical and contemporary evidence [paper]

Neha Hui (University of Reading)
Sarah Edewor (Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta)
Ben Lampert (The Open University)
Mobilities, Migration and Development
Christodoulou Meeting Rooms East, Room 11
Thursday 20 June, 9:00-10:30
Thursday 20 June, 14:15-15:45
Thursday 20 June, 16:15-17:45

Short abstract:

The panel seeks papers on theoretical, empirical and policy analysis of large-scale migration and development from historical & contemporary contexts. We invite papers on the development impact of mass migration and remittances at micro and macro levels in both ‘home’ and ‘host’ countries.

Long abstract:

Large-scale migration has long term impacts on the economic, infrastructural and cultural development of the world. Evidence of mass migrations goes back to prehistoric times with inter and intra country mass migrations occurring historically because of colonial displacement, wars, famines, religious persecution and forced labour. This panel seeks to examine the short and long-term impacts of large-scale migration on growth and development in both ‘host’ and ‘home’ countries. The panel seeks papers that go beyond the income effects of migrant remittances to also address how migration affects the quality of growth, particularly in relation to the multiple dimensions of poverty and inequality stressed in notions of inclusive growth. For example, how is growth facilitated by migration inclusive in terms of changing gender dynamics, fostering entrepreneurship and supporting psycho-social well-being? The panel will accept papers on the theoretical, empirical and policy analysis of migrations from, to and within developing countries. The key questions will include: what were the pull and push factors of such large-scale migrations and how have they been shaped by policy? How does such migration contribute to growth and development and what are the implications for inclusivity? What are the remittance impacts, especially on poverty, food security and other broader aspects of well-being? We hope to approach journals like Journal of Development Studies or Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies for a special issue based on the panel provided that the quality of submissions is strong enough.