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How much do migrants send home?

How much do migrants send home? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Remittances – money sent home by migrants to family and friends – have soared to record levels. Explore the World Bank's latest estimates of how much money is sent, and where, and take a deeper look at the impact of remittances in Ghana, Liberia, Tajikistan and Bangladesh

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As Asian-Americans’ Numbers Grow, So Does Their Philanthropy

As Asian-Americans’ Numbers Grow, So Does Their Philanthropy | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Members of a new class of affluent Asian-Americans, many of whom have benefited from booms in finance and technology, are making their mark on philanthropy in the United States. They are donating large sums to groups focused on their own diasporas or their homelands.

 

And they are giving to prestigious universities, museums, concert halls and hospitals — like Yale University and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The institutions, in turn, are increasingly courting Asian-Americans, who are taking high-profile slots on their governing boards.

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Forced migration in the 21st century: urbanised and unending

Forced migration in the 21st century: urbanised and unending | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

More than 70 million people have been uprooted across the world, and an increasing number will never go home

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Lack of jobs slows migration to African cities

Lack of jobs slows migration to African cities | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

A shortage of job opportunities has slowed migration from rural to urban areas in many parts of Africa over the last two decades, and has even reversed it in a few cases, an expert on African demography says....

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Les expulsions d'immigrés africains s'accélèrent en Israël.

Les expulsions d'immigrés africains s'accélèrent en Israël. | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Le ministre israélien des Affaires étrangères Elie Yishaï va au-delà des mesures prises par Netanyahu et annonce vouloir expulser tous les immigrés illégaux d’origine africaine. Il incite aux départs volontaires en échange d’argent mais ceux qui décident de rester risqueront bientôt l’expulsion. Les premiers départs s’inscrivent dans un contexte d’hostilité grandissante envers les migrants, principalement dans les quartiers pauvres de Tel-Aviv. Les associations humanitaires dénoncent la non-considération des demandes d’asile politique des immigrés majoritairement issus d’Erythrée et du Soudan, zones de conflits.

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Sahel food crisis: life in Burkina Faso – in pictures

Sahel food crisis: life in Burkina Faso – in pictures | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

In the Sahel region of west Africa drought and conflict have left millions of people facing severe shortages of food and water. The situation is critical near the border between Mali and Burkina Faso, where thousands of Malians have poured into refugee camps and many Burkinabes are surviving on aid from the Red Cross...

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NEPAL: HIV widows on the edge

NEPAL: HIV widows on the edge | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Widows living with HIV in Nepal’s remote hill districts in some of the country’s poorest and vulnerable communities face a particularly bleak future.

 

According to the National Centre for AIDS and STD [sexually transmitted disease] Control in the Ministry of Health and Population (NCASC), there are more than 50,000 adults and children living with HIV, and an estimated overall prevalence of 0.30 percent in the adult population (15-49 years old).

 

With an estimated 29.4 percent of all HIV infections occurring amongst labour migrants - although many believe the real number to be higher - the significance of this group, and the affected women, cannot be ignored.

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Sahel Drought: Mauritania Update from WFP

Sahel Drought: Mauritania Update from WFP | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

People from Mali began crossing into Mauritania in late January and the flow of refugees has continued at a steady pace every since.


Conflict and drought have created a humanitarian perfect storm. People are leaving their homes for personal safety and to access food. "Conflict has exacerbated the situation that already was there," said WFP's Justin Smith.

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Japanese Engineers Find New Life in China

Japanese Engineers Find New Life in China | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Engineers who feel stagnated by the economy in Japan are moving to China, giving rival firms an injection of the skills behind “made in Japan” products.
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Development Aid Unpredictability and Migrants’ Remittances on Fiscal Consolidation in Developing Countries

We use panel data on seventy-four developing countries for the period 1980–2007 to examine the effects of aid unpredictability and migrants' remittances on fiscal consolidation in these countries.
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Female migrant workers and the threat of exploitation,forced labour & trafficking

Female migrant workers and the threat of exploitation,forced labour & trafficking | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Generally women migrant workers are more vulnerable to exploitation, forced labour and human trafficking; with regard to cultural suppression, multi-level responsibilities and greater exposure to risk as participants in the sex industry for instance.

 

Geographical location and individual circumstance affects such potential for vulnerability but what need to become more central is the realisation that men are also vulnerable to exploitation, forced labour and human trafficking in the recession; though to a lesser extent.

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Life on hold: the story of a Somali teenage refugee

When war broke out in Libya last year, thousands of refugees from countries including Somalia, Sudan, and Eritrea, were forced to flee for their lives. Film-makers Nick Francis and Marc Silver travelled with Amnesty International to a refugee camp in Tunisia where they met Omar, a Somali teenager

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Quel bilan pour le Mexique dans la lutte contre les discriminations communautaires ?

Quel bilan pour le Mexique dans la lutte contre les discriminations communautaires ? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

C’est cette semaine que le Mexique doit présenter son bilan sur la lutte contre les discriminations, devant la commission des Nations unies chargée de surveiller l’application de la convention contre les discriminations raciales. A cette occasion, Amnesty International dresse un portrait des progrès accomplis, mais aussi du chemin qu’il reste à parcourir. Il semblerait que les populations indigènes et les migrants restent en marge des avancées dans les domaines de la santé, de la sécurité et de la justice.

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We need to fix the leaks in remittance transfer systems around the world

We need to fix the leaks in remittance transfer systems around the world | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Policymakers need to step in to reduce transaction costs on migrant workers' remittances. Massimo Cirasino suggests how

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Poor rains push pastoralists towards city

Poor rains push pastoralists towards city | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

People are migrating towards Djibouti City but urban areas are experiencing high food prices and unemployment

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Rwanda seeks diaspora investment to cut reliance on foreign aid

Rwanda seeks diaspora investment to cut reliance on foreign aid | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Rwandans abroad are being tapped to fund development as President Paul Kagame says country needs more than aid...

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Mali refugees struggle to settle in Burkina Faso as food crisis deepens

Mali refugees struggle to settle in Burkina Faso as food crisis deepens | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Tuaregs fleeing conflict have put their own stamp on Mentao camp but adapting to refugee life is least of their problems...

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Why is migration a Cinderella issue in Development?

Why is migration a Cinderella issue in Development? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

If migration is that good (and is being stifled by politics), why isn’t it top of the development agenda?

 

Here are a few thoughts (helped along by another guru on migration and development, Gonzalo Fanjul)...

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Thousands of Myanmar Rohingyas Struggle for Refugee Status in India

Thousands of Myanmar Rohingyas Struggle for Refugee Status in India | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
The stateless ethnic minority group has suffered generations of persecution, which has roots in British colonialism.

 

A large number of Rohingya have fled to neighboring countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia and Bangladesh, and several thousand have entered India through Bangladesh.

 

The Rohingya presence in India is not officially documented, as they have not officially registered with the government’s foreigner offices. Only 1,800 Rohingyas have registered with the United Nations, while several thousand are estimated to be living in India.

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New rivers of gold

New rivers of gold | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Remittances from unlikely places are helping poor countries in the downturn

 

IN TAPACHULA, a furnace of a city in southern Mexico, people line up inside an air-conditioned branch of Banco Azteca to process their remittances...

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Mexican immigration falls for first time in four decades

Mexican immigration falls for first time in four decades | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Combination of weak economy, deportations and dangers of crossing US border reverse historic trend.

 

The net flow of Mexicans into the US has dwindled to a trickle and may now be in reverse, giving the lie to right-wing warnings of an "invasion" of illegal immigrants and bringing to an end four decades of inward migration.

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India Ink: So, You Want to Move 'Back' to India?

India Ink: So, You Want to Move 'Back' to India? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Some tips from an Indian-American who has been in Mumbai for a decade.

 

A recent article about the children of Indian and Chinese immigrants moving back to their parent’s home country to seek their own American Dream hit a nerve with New York Times readers, who alternately lamented America’s moribund growth prospects and wrote enviously of those moving.

Here at India Ink, we’ve had a front row seat to the “repat” or returning expat phenomena. One thing that seems to be true about moving “back” to the India that you left as a kid (or maybe never even lived in at all) is that it will be harder than you imagine. More fulfilling, more interesting, sure, but also more difficult. We can probably count as many acquaintances who have returned to the United States after trying a stint in India as we can folks who have stayed...

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La part de la religion dans les migrations internationales

La part de la religion dans les migrations internationales | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Les migrants internationaux comptent aujourd'hui pour 3% de la population mondiale. Avec 214 millions d'individus, ce groupe se place au cinquième rang mondial, entre l'Indonésie et le Brésil.
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Darfur Refugees Returning Home

Darfur Refugees Returning Home | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

More than 100,000 people in Darfur have left the sprawling camps where they had taken refuge for nearly a decade and headed home to their villages over the past year, the biggest return of displaced people since the war began in 2003 and a sign that one of the world’s most infamous conflicts may have decisively cooled.

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Ecuadorean Bank Finds a Niche With Emigrants in Spain

Ecuadorean Bank Finds a Niche With Emigrants in Spain | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Last year, remittance flows to developing countries rose 8 percent, to $351 billion. They are likely to reach $441 billion by 2014, according to a report published in December by the World Bank.

 

The World Bank noted that remittance outflows from Spain had remained “fairly resilient” and grew 15 percent in the first half of last year as “migrants have cut into savings and even consumption in order to send remittances, and perhaps to prepare for an eventual return.”...

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