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Why the migrant ‘crisis’ is an opportunity: Remittances, aid and global responsibility

Gaynor, Niamh orcid logoORCID: 0000-0001-5645-7032 (2019) Why the migrant ‘crisis’ is an opportunity: Remittances, aid and global responsibility. Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review, 29 . pp. 137-151. ISSN 2053-4272

Remittances are now more than three times larger than aid flows to countries in the global South and constitute a rapidly growing source of development finance. Yet barriers to both entry and the right to work within Northern countries mean that their full potential is not being realised, with refugees and migrants from many Southern countries meeting significant blockages in their efforts to build new lives and livelihoods in their new homes. In this Viewpoint, I argue that we, as development educators, need to challenge and question the inconsistencies and hypocrisy underpinning national and international attitudes and policies which purport to assist Southern people through aid programmes, yet restrict these same people’s agency to seek employment elsewhere and assist their home communities directly. If handled justly and more openly, the so-called migrant ‘crisis’ represents an opportunity to move away from patronising charity stereotypes which perpetuate Northern ‘saviour complexes’ to more equitable, economically sustainable relationships North and South.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Overseas Development Aid; Sustainable Development Goals; Remittances; Refugees; Direct Provision; Burundi.
Subjects:Social Sciences > Globalization
Social Sciences > Migration
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:Centre for Global Education
Copyright Information:© 2019 Centre for Global Education
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:23996
Deposited On:10 Dec 2019 15:30 by Vidatum Academic . Last Modified 10 Dec 2019 15:30

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