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Transnationalisation and Development(s): Towards a North-South Perspective


  • Thomas Faist

    () (COMCAD and Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University, Germany)


Public debates and research on the two-way relationship between migration and development has increased considerably over the past years. I argue that the current debates around the migration and development nexus should be approached from a transnational angle that is, looking at the emergence of a new transnational agent in development discourse – intermittently called “migrants”, “diaspora”, or “transnational community”. National states, local governments, inter- and supranational organisations and development agencies seek to co-opt and establish ties to mobile agents who are engaged in sustained and continuous crossborder relationships on a personal, collective and organisational level. Also, and this is crucial for any kind of scientific endeavour, the emergence of this new type of development agent can be tackled by a decidedly transnational methodology.

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  • Thomas Faist, 2007. "Transnationalisation and Development(s): Towards a North-South Perspective," Migration Letters, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 4(2), pages 183-199, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:4:y:2007:i:2:p:183-199

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    1. Hamilton, Bob & Whalley, John, 1984. "Efficiency and distributional implications of global restrictions on labour mobility : Calculations and policy implications," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 14(1), pages 61-75.
    2. James E. Rauch, 2001. "Business and Social Networks in International Trade," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 39(4), pages 1177-1203, December.
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