Population and Development Report

Third Issue - International Migration and Development in the Arab Region: Challenges and Opportunities

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The Report considers the trends and patterns of Arab migration; addresses international migration and its relevance to development in Arab countries by discussing the relationship between international migration and demographic changes, human development and migrant remittances and focuses on an analysis of the policies adopted by sending and receiving countries over various periods of time; in the past, present and future at the local, regional and international levels in the light of economic, social and political changes.



Arab migration: Patterns, trends and evolution of related policies

International migration trends in sending Arab countries vary in the Arab Mashreq and the Arab Maghreb. Migrants from the former target the GCC States and Iraq, while those from the latter favour Europe. Since the early 1990s, migration to the GCC States has begun to fall off, and Arab Mashreq migrants have begun to seek alternatives. Migration towards Europe has remained steady, while migration to New World countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States of America, is increasing.


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