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Working Paper 119 - Migration Patterns, Trends and Policy Issues in Africa


Migration and its role for development received substantial interest recently that sparked a large body of empirical studies to identify and provide evidence on the channels in which the two are interlinked. Resurgence of interest is further fuelled by the global economic and financial crisis that crippled labor markets across major destination countries in the OECD where the midterm outlook is still fragile. UNDP’s HDR(2009) focused on migration issues and OECD now has a dedicated annual publication on Migration Outlook where in its 2009 edition acknowledged that migration is a topical issue among the general public and noted that migrants in OECD countries bore the full force of the economic slowdown.

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