Thursday, April 04, 2013

Global Reverse Migration Trends

I'll be a guest today on the Al Jazeera show, "The Stream." The discussion topic is reverse migration:

Thursday, April 4 at 19:30 GMT:

It used to be that people would go to the US and Europe in search of a better life, but now many are leaving those countries for that very same reason. Lured by government incentives and economic booms, immigrants and their children are choosing to take their skills back home.

But this isn’t the only face of a new trend known as reverse migration. In the EU, as high unemployment and austerity cuts continue to plague the region, many Europeans are now flocking to Africa and its growing economies. So, what socio-economic impact will this new migration have? Join the conversation at 1930GMT.
A better term for the trend is "ironic migration." Economic migrants are moving to unexpected destinations. Flows from the Global North to the Global South are good examples.

I've written a number of posts on the subject. Talent fleeing London for Lagos, Nigeria springs to mind. Indeed, a reverse migration is often a return migration tale. You go where you know.

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