Unnoticed Ways in which Migration Reinforces Under development

  • Frank Aragbonfoh Abumere
Keywords: Institutions, Migration, Poverty, Remittances, Underdevelopment.


This paper analyses how migration from low income economies to high income economies can actually have negative rather than positive consequences on  development and low income economies. There are noticed  ways - such as brain drain, separation from family, etc – in which migration negatively affects sending- countries. But this paper argues that there are unnoticed ways in which migration negatively affects  development and low income economies. For this paper, the relationship between migration and  underdevelopment is a complex rather than a simple one. It is simple to see how underdevelopment causes  migration. But to see that migration in turn reinforces underdevelopment, one needs to engage in some  complex analysis. Alarmingly, the end-result of the complex analysis is that migration and remittances, while alleviating poverty, can actually make: citizens neglect their duty to hold their governments responsible for  underdevelopment; and governments neglect their duty to find long term solutions to the problem of  underdevelopment. In terms of methodological approach, admittedly this sort of work often requires empirical methods. Nevertheless, the aim of this paper is to do a theoretical analysis which will serve as the foundation on which future  empirical works can be based.

Key words; Institutions, Migration, Poverty, Remittances, Underdevelopment.


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