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African Migration and Development

Led by Dr Ben Page, UCL Department of Geography. April 19th 2016

The workshop looked at the different routes by which international migration to developed countries can turn into development in Africa, specifically looking at remittances, social remittances, diaspora associations, diaspora investments, brain drain/gain and return migration and circular migration. Specific case studies that can be used in the classroom included remittances in Somalia, hometown associations in Cameroon, return migration in Ghana and diaspora taxes/bonds in Eritrea and Ethiopia. The session considered the issues raised by pursuing migration as a development policy for individuals, families and countries of the Global South. It addressed geographical questions about the spatial patterns of development that are produced by migration at a variety of scales, helping teachers to prepare for teaching new A level specifications.

Download the accompanying Powerpoint presentation here.