16 June: PhD Defence: “The Economic and Social Effects of Remittances and Return Migration in Conflict-Affected Areas: The Case of Burundi” by Sonja Fransen
The Economic and Social Effects of Remittances and Return Migration in Conflict-Affected Areas: The Case of Burundi
PhD Defence by Sonja Fransen
Migrants may contribute positively to economic development and thereby reconstruction and peace-building in conflict-affected states by sending remittances or by bringing back skills and assets upon their return. However, the findings of this research highlight the necessity of a basic level of development in a country before migration can positively affect development. In the absence of investment opportunities for remittances or opportunities for returnees or returning households to establish their livelihoods, the development effects of remittances and return migration will be limited or, in the case of return migration, even negative.