Elements for a meso-level approach to migration, return and development

Past theoretical and empirical migration studies have generally taken either a macrolevel or a micro-level analytical perspective. Macro theory and empirical research have focused on migration flows and chiefly on their volume, direction, composition and persistence. The implications of structural characteristics of the areas of origin and destination have been emphasized as well as their socio-economic and political attributes. This approach has paid particular attention to aspects that are common to social groups that share some economic, demographic, social or cultural attribute. Micro-level analyses have instead focused on the normative and psycho-social factors that determine the behaviours of individuals and influence their decision-making. From this perspective, personal and subjective aspects as for example perceptions, motivations, aspirations, expectations and values assume primary importance.

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