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Migration and Development dynamics in Batu, Ethiopia

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Foreign-owned agribusinesses have led to increased employment and rural-urban in-migration in Batu, yet well-paid jobs and development interventions are limited.

By Camille Kasavan, Tewelde Adhanom, Hannah Murray – Published on 26 July 2022
Key takeaways
Major development interventions are limited in Batu, most changes in the town are tied to foreign private investment.
International migration aspirations are low, with most young adults (56%) preferring to remain in Ethiopia, whether this be in Batu (55%) or elsewhere in the country (45%).
International out-migration is often perceived as a ‘last resort’ when other livelihood options have been exhausted.

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Kasavan, C. Adhanom, T. Murray, H. (2022) Migration and development dynamics in Batu, Ethiopia. MIGNEX Case Study Brief. Oslo: Peace Research Institute Oslo.