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Beyond Remittances: The Role of Diaspora in Poverty Reduction in Their Countries of Origin.

by Erin Patrick; Kathleen Newland

Jul 1, 2004
This paper analyzes the impact of established Diaspora on the reduction of poverty, and identifies ways in which policy interventions, especially from donors of official development assistance, might strengthen that impact. The new policy interest in Diasporas reflects a broader concern with globalization, and specifically the very recent appreciation of the volume of remittances to developing countries by emigrant workers and their descendents. Remittances, however, are far from being the only vehicle for Diaspora influence on the incidence of poverty in their home countries.

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