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Developing a Road Map for Engaging Diasporas in Development

Governments of countries of migrant origin and migrant destination recognize the value that diaspora populations may bring to development efforts in their countries of origin. The Global Forum on Migration and Development has, since its first meeting in 2007, looked for ways to highlight the kinds of policies and programs that can magnify the resources, both human and financial, that emigrants and their descendants contribute to development. This handbook continues that effort on the basis of earlier investigations by the collaborating institutions, the academic and policy literature, consultations and in-depth interviews with government officials and nongovernmental actors, and an original two-part survey that was designed and administered specifically for this exercise and was answered by 62 national governments.

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