The new developers? Return migrants in policy and practice

Researcher: Lisa Åkesson

Return migration is attracting increasing attention among international development policy-makers. The potential is claimed to be that returnees contribute not only with money but also with the knowledge they have gained abroad and their new social connections and experiences. To what extent can migrants take on this role as “the new developers”? What kind of skills, knowledge and economic resources do they actually gain?

The aim of this research project is to take a critical look at policies on return migration, and compare these with the realities of the returnees themselves: how do they make use of their money, skills and other resources acquired abroad, and to what extent may these serve the process of socio-economic development in their countries of origin? The project centres on returnees in Cape Verde and DR Congo.

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