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26 Oct 2015

MRS No. 46 - Migration and development within the South

New evidence from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP Observatory on Migration)

South–South migration is a traditional livelihood strategy for millions of people in the global South. Despite its importance, mobility between developing countries has only recently been targeted by researchers and policymakers.

Drawing from research commissioned by the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Observatory on Migration, this issue of the Migration Research Series provides innovative insight on the realities of South–South mobility and explores how these movements may challenge our traditional conception of the migration paradigm. Concepts such as return migration, the role of diaspora for national development and cross-border mobility have a specific meaning in the South–South context.

This publication draws attention to the often unexplored potential for development of migrants within the South and provides key recommendations to strengthen the relevance of migration research. These outputs come at a very significant moment for the international community in light of the United Nations High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, where the necessary integration of migration in the post-2015 development debate was discussed.

  • Acknowledgements
  • Foreword by William Lacy Swing (IOM Director General) and Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni (Secretary General of Caribbean and Pacific Group of States in Africa)
  • List of acronyms
  • Executive Summary
    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Spotlight on the ACP: Key findings of case studies by thematic area
    • 3. Enhancing migration data in the South
    • 4. South–South migration: Towards a paradigm shift?
    • 5. Conclusion
  • Endnotes
  • References
  • Annex 1: Matrix on the ACP observatory studies by topic and country covered