SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Migration and development policy makers and the diaspora: masterly inactivity or policy inertia?

Paul Asquith, African Foundation for Diaspora and Development

Date: 29 January 2014Time: 1:00 PM

Finishes: 29 January 2014Time: 2:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G50

Type of Event: Seminar

Notions of diaspora development, and in particular ‘migration and development’ as a nexus for research and policy-making, have grown in importance over the last few years, most notably with the UN High Level Dialogue (HLD) and the Global Forum for Migration and Development (GFMD). States, development agencies, and INGOs, have all shown increasing interest in, and commitment to, harnessing diaspora contributions to development. In part this has been prompted by the scale of diaspora and migrant resource flows - approx $500 bn in 2013 worldwide, with around 250m migrants supporting 1bn people financially in countries of origin. At the same time, policy on migration and increasingly development has become increasingly politicised and controversial in the North. This talk will explore both migration and development policy-making, and policy advocacy efforts by the diaspora for better recognition of their contributions to development, at the national, European, and international levels.

Organiser: Dr Anna Lindley

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