Monday, 26 October 2009

Migration: Remittances Also Drive Political Change

* by Thalif Deen (united nations)
* Monday, October 05, 2009
* Inter Press Service

The world's 200 million international migrants have traditionally been viewed in terms of dollars and cents: how much hard currency have they remitted to their home countries?

But a new study, commissioned by the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) and released Monday, also focuses on the political side of the equation.

What role did migrants play in the politics or civil wars in their home countries: Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Liberia, Mozambique, Turkey, Morocco?

In Lebanon, returning migrants used the wealth earned abroad to engage in politics, particularly when new political forces were formed after the 1989 Ta'ef Accord ending the country's longstanding civil war. Read more

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