New insights on development impacts of migration


Migration doesn’t just impact the people who leave, it shapes families and communities back home. Using data from 26 communities across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, we unpack a complex picture of the multifaceted impacts of migration on households and communities staying back. Understanding the circumstances under which migration has positive or negative effects helps us identify policy priorities to leverage the positive effects for development.

By Melissa Siegel, Katrin Marchand, Jessica Hagen-Zanker, Zina Weisner – Published on 24 April 2024
Key takeaways
The impacts of migration are multifaceted
Remittances mostly have positive effects, but not exclusively so
Migration affects origin communities in diverse ways
The effects of migration are shaped by local context
Migration can change norms and values
Return migration can foster development, under certain circumstances

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Siegel M, Marchand K, Hagen-Zanker J and Weisner, Z (2024) New insights on the development impacts of migration. MIGNEX Flagship Report. Oslo: Peace Research Institute Oslo. Available at www.mignex.org/d077