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Migration and globalization: what’s in it for developing countries?

Hillel Rapoport (Paris School of Economics, Pantheon-Sorbonne University, Paris, France) (Migration Policy Center, European University Institute, Ramat Gan, Israel) (CEPII, Paris, France) (IZA, Bonn, Germany)

International Journal of Manpower

ISSN: 0143-7720

Article publication date: 3 October 2016

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to document the role of diaspora networks in enhancing cross-border flows of goods, capital, and knowledge, eventually contributing to efficient specialization, investment, and productivity growth in the migrants’ home-countries. Particular attention is paid to the role of skilled migrants, and to information imperfections reduction as the main channel for the documented effects.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper reviews a growing literature on migration and globalization, focussing on its relevance for developing and emerging economies.

Findings

In reviewing the literature on the effects of migration on other dimensions of international economic interactions, this paper shows that migrants contribute to the integration of their country into the world market, which can be particularly important for economic growth in developing countries.

Originality/value

It documents the role of diaspora networks in enhancing cross-border flows of goods, capital, and knowledge, eventually contributing to efficient specialization, investment, and productivity growth in the migrants’ home-countries. Particular attention is paid to the role of skilled migrants, and to information imperfections reduction as the main channel for the documented effects.

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Acknowledgements

The author wants to thank Maryam Naghsh Nejad (IZA) for the invitation to write this paper, and Sulin Sardoschau for excellent research assistance.

Citation

Rapoport, H. (2016), "Migration and globalization: what’s in it for developing countries?", International Journal of Manpower, Vol. 37 No. 7, pp. 1209-1226. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJM-08-2015-0116

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