Internal Migration and Development

A Global Perspective

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With a few exceptions, evidence suggests that internal population movements are growing. While there have been few formal efforts to estimate the economic contribution of migrant labour, this report argues that internal migration can play an important role in poverty reduction and economic development and should therefore not be controlled or actively discouraged.




This paper was commissioned jointly by the Urban and Rural Change Team and the Migration Team within the Policy Division of the British Government’s Department for International Development. The views expressed in this paper are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not reflect the official position of DFID. Priya Deshingkar and Sven Grimm are Research Fellows at the Overseas Development Institute, London.


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