Transnationalism offers a fresh perspective for policymaking on migration: it recognizes that in a globalized world, lives, activities and identities transcend national borders. Attachments and allegiances have multiplied and individuals feel loyalties and affinities for more than one place. Without a doubt, migrants are among the primary actors of a transnational world, although they are by no means the only ones living with and contributing to this phenomenon. While such concepts have yet to enter policymaking in a systematic fashion, transnationalism is not a new phenomenon. Most definitions emphasize sustained cross-country and / or cross-cultural connections involving exchanges by migrants, institutions, corporations and governments across national borders. These connections may arise from historical links, family ties, commercial interests or cultural networks, to name a few, and can substantially shape lives in both countries of origin and destination.

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