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Migration, Poverty Reduction Strategies and Human Development

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  • Black, Richard
  • Sward, Jon
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    This paper focuses on the specific question of how Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) address migration and its potential to enhance human development at the national level. Based on a review of PRSPs completed since 1999, it argues that migration often remains poorly recognised or analysed in poorer countries in terms of its impacts on poverty reduction, whilst attitudes towards migration in these countries are often highly negative and/or based on limited evidence, especially in relation to internal migration. Analysis of how both internal and international migration are treated in PRSPs is also placed in the context of a broader understanding of the purpose of, and constraints faced by the PRS process. The paper goes on to highlight the extent to which in Sub-Saharan African countries, successive drafts of PRSPs have shown increasing attention to migration. It also considers how analysis of the problems and opportunities associated with different types of migration are converted into policy initiatives, highlighting the lack of good practice in terms of the incorporation of migration into human development policy.

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    Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 19222.

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    Date of creation: 01 Aug 2009
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    Keywords: Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs); internal migration; international migration; sub-Saharan Africa; analysis of migration;

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    1. David Booth, 2003. "Introduction and Overview," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 21(2), pages 131-159, 03.
    2. Craig, David & Porter, Doug, 2003. "Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers: A New Convergence," World Development, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 31(1), pages 53-69, January.
    3. Beauchemin, Cris & Schoumaker, Bruno, 2005. "Migration to cities in Burkina Faso: Does the level of development in sending areas matter?," World Development, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 33(7), pages 1129-1152, July.
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