New Perspectives on International Migration and Development

Edited by Jeronimo Cortina and Enrique Ochoa-Reza

Columbia University Press

New Perspectives on International Migration and Development

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Pub Date: July 2013

ISBN: 9780231156806

368 Pages

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Pub Date: July 2013

ISBN: 9780231527491

368 Pages

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New Perspectives on International Migration and Development

Edited by Jeronimo Cortina and Enrique Ochoa-Reza

Columbia University Press

With contributions from leading scholars in international development, economics, political science, and sociology, this collection draws attention to migration's developmental impacts on sending and receiving societies. Through current case studies, contributors examine the interplay among migration, development, culture, family reunification, human rights, and government, all with the aim of advancing more effective solutions to international migration issues.

The volume's multidisciplinary perspective combines theoretical discussions with empirical applications, appealing to both academics and policymakers eager to maximize migration's developmental impacts. The collection begins with a discussion detailing when and why migration promotes growth and what kind of indicators beyond GDP should be considered. Challenging a number of misconceptions, such as the assumption that redressing poverty and alleviating underdevelopment in immigrant communities are solely economic pursuits, contributors acknowledge the inherent cultural dimension in the migration–development debate and define the contours of a research program that systematically and comparatively weighs the cultural dynamics of development and migration. They also emphasize the role of human rights in reinforcing positive developmental outcomes, how traditional social roles and its developmental impacts are reshaped by the international migration of women and children, and international migration's developmental impacts within specific geographic regions.
New Perspectives on International Migration and Development offers fresh insights from contributors using different lenses to analyze the nexus between migration and development, illustrating how conventional assumptions need to be reexamined. Many essays also contain surveys of relevant literature, which makes the book a handy reference, especially for those studying international relations, sociology, politics, and government. Manolo Abella, former director of the International Labor Organization's Migration Program
This book provides a penetrating assessment of international migration and development that is comprehensive in both coverage and points of view. It incorporates broad conceptual approaches at the global level, as well as regional and local perspectives. Importantly, development is seen as much more than economic change, and chapters draw welcome attention to cultural and political dimensions, as well as to the roles of families, women, and children in the migration process. Theories are well supported by case studies at village, country, and regional levels, highlighting several of the main migration corridors in international population movement. This book will be a key reference for professionals, as well as teachers and students, on one of the leading policy issues of our day. Ronald Skeldon, University of Sussex
A much-needed and timely look at the complex question of how migration affects developing countries, this book addresses an impressive range of issues as it debunks common wisdom and offers new insight in its place. Dilip Ratha, lead economist, World Bank
List of Illustrations and Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction, by Joseph E. Stiglitz, Jeronimo Cortina, and Enrique Ochoa-Reza
Part I. Migration, Development, States, Culture, and Human Rights
1. Development and Migration: Historical Trends and Future Research, by Josh DeWind and Damla Ergun
2. The Impact of Migration on Development: Explicating the Role of the State, by Rodolfo O. de la Garza
3. Bringing Culture Back In: Opportunities and Challenges for the Migration-Development Nexus, by Peggy Levitt and Deepak Lamba-Nieves
4. Protecting the Rights of Migrant Workers, by Khalid Koser
Part II. Migration, Development, Children, and Women
5. Family and School Reconfiguration: The Case of Ecuadorian Highland Migration to Spain, by Alexandra Escobar García and Soledad Álvarez Velasco
6. Women, Children, and Migration: Developmental Considerations, by Jeronimo Cortina and Enrique Ochoa-Reza
Part III. Migration and Development: Country Experiences
7. Migration and Development: Lessons from the Moroccan Experience, by Hein de Haas
8. The Southern Crossroads: Human Mobility, Governance, and Development in South Africa, by Loren B. Landau and Aurelia Segatti
9. Migration Between the Asia- Pacific and Australia: A Development Perspective, by Graeme Hugo
10. Asian Migration to the United States: Development Implications for Asia, by Philip Martin
11. Indian Migrants to the Gulf: The Kerala Experience, by S. Irudaya Rajan and K. C. Zachariah
Notes
Index

Read Joseph Stiglitz's introduction to New Perspectives on International Migration and Development:

About the Author

Jeronimo Cortina is assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and a research associate at the Center for Mexican American Studies and the Hobby Center for Public Policy at the University of Houston.

Enrique Ochoa-Reza is a Constitutional law professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He earned his M.Phil. and Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University, a law degree from UNAM, and a B.A. in economics from Mexico´s Autonomous Institute of Technology (ITAM). He has written several articles in Spanish-language journals, including Foreign Affairs en Español, and is a member of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (Comexi).