New journal: Migration and Development


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It is a pleasure to receive the inaugural issue of a new journal Migration and Development published by Routledge. While many journals are publishing articles on migration and development and a few are exclusively dedicated to the topic of migration, this new journal has the potential to comprehensively introduce more development into the discussions of migration issues. The journal includes articles written bypolitical scientists, sociologists, anthropologists and economists - a welcome feature for policy makers and stakeholders. I also liked the fact that the first issue of the journal has articles on internal migration (in India) and on migration to the Gulf region - both these topics are important and yet relevant data are hard to come by.

Some other recently introduced journals on migration are Migration Policy Practice published jointly by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Eurasylum, and the IZA Journal of Migration published by IZA and Springer Verlag.

I still think that the field of migration and development needs more evidence-based analysis that are subject to blind peer review. Currently the migration journals tend to feature articles based on case studies; but not enough analytical articles based on representative survey data (which tend to use tools from economics and econometrics). This trend seems to be changing, however: the number of masters-level thesis and even doctoral dissertations from economics departments seems to be increasing.


Dilip Ratha

Manager, Migration and Remittances Unit and Head, KNOMAD, Global Indicators Group, World Bank

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Johan Westenburg
January 30, 2013

"whether remittances help develop communities, increase education and improve health among recipients by keeping children and women away from hard labor is also understudied. Finally, no study has investigated how labor migration affects the women left behind. According to Central Asian experts’ rough estimations, remittances do not contribute to development significantly. At best, opening of small internet cafes, small restaurants, and buying taxi cabs are the limits of investment."