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World Migration Report 2005

Costs and Benefits of International Migration

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Where are people migrating today and why? What are the implications for the world’s developing and industrialized economies? And what are the key issues facing policy makers in migrant origin, destination, and transit countries? World Migration 2005 analyses the effects of globalization, trade liberalization, economic integration and the widening gap between rich and poor nations on migration flows. It looks at the impact of the world’s 185 million migrants and their potential contribution to socioeconomic development and cultural enrichment both at home and abroad. And it identifies the multidimensional migration management policies needed by governments to create the optimal return to both migrants and society, while minimizing the abuses associated with irregular migration.

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Migration and poverty: Some issues in the context of Asia

There is fast growing understanding at national and international levels of the critical nexus between migration and poverty; but, as yet insufficient data exist to inform a coordinated policy approach (UK House of Commons, 2004). Migration can be both the cause and the result of poverty, while poverty itself can be both alleviated and exacerbated by population movements. But the actual respective impacts are relative and vary according to levels of development and the particular policy environment of the area under consideration.

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