UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Remittances, Migration and Social Development: A Conceptual Review of the Literature

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AUTHOR Hein De Haas
ORGANIZATION United Nations Research Institute for Social Development
TYPE Thematic Report
DATE 2007
TOPIC Migration
LANGUAGE English
ABSTRACT

This paper reviews the empirical literature on the relationship between remittances and various dimensions of social development in the developing world within a broader conceptual framework of migration and development theory. Migration and remittances are generally  part of risk-spreading and co-insurance livelihood strategies pursued by households and families. Migration and remittances also have the potential to improve well-being, stimulate economic growth and reduce poverty directly and indirectly, while their effects on inequality are much more ambiguous.


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