RPC Migrating out of Poverty

Migrating out of Poverty is a seven-year research programme consortium (RPC) funded by the UK’s Department for International Development. It focuses on the relationship between internal and regional migration and poverty and is located in six regions across Asia, Africa and Europe. The RPC is co-ordinated by the University of Sussex.

Migrating out of Poverty programme leaflet

Our main goal

The goal of the Migrating out of Poverty RPC is to maximise the poverty reducing and developmental impacts of migration and minimise the costs and risks of migration for poor people.

Although migration does not necessarily lead to such positive outcomes, the Migrating out of Poverty RPC works to produce research which sheds light on the circumstances in which migration can most effectively reduce poverty.

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Migrating out of Poverty new programme leaflet
New Programme Leaflet

The Migrating out of Poverty programme has a new leaflet outlining our aims, the kinds of issues we look at and our work on gender in particular.

Download the new leaflet.




Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Dhaka Bangladesh

The Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) in Bangladesh is seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. The role has been created to operationalise a new 5 year research project, “Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation” (DECCMA). It is jointly funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). More details:  Post Doctoral Fellowship at RMMRU [PDF 76.95KB]

Study Migration and Displacement in South Africa

Migrating out of Poverty core partner, the African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS), is inviting applications to its Master of Arts in Migration and Displacement course. International applicants should apply by 31 August 2014 to start in January 2015, ensuring they meet the outlined criteria. The deadline for South African applicants is 30 September 2014.

Climate Change and Migration in Bangladesh – Living on the go

This 12 minute film by tve (Television Trust for the Environment) asks: how can millions of Bangladeshis protect their families and incomes from rising sea levels, erratic rainfall and temperature extremes? It follows a group of researchers on the ‘Climate change related migration in Bangladesh project’, led by Migrating out of Poverty core partner RMMRU, as they investigate how people cope with climate change by migrating within Bangladesh.

New working paper: Poverty, Youth and Rural-Urban Migration in Ethiopia

Authors Adamnesh Atnafu, Linda Oucho and Benjamin Zeitlyn explore the relationships between poverty and rural-urban migration in Ethiopia in this new Working Paper which analyses poverty driven migration from a poor rural woreda (district) in northern Ethiopia, to the nearby city of Bahir Dar and the capital, Addis Ababa.

Working Paper 16 - International Migration, Trade and Aid: A survey

This new working paper by Christopher R. Parsons and L. Alan Winters guides readers through the literatures on migration affecting trade and work linking aid flows to migration.

Foreign and Commonwealth visit to University of Sussex 16 July 2014

A delegation from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Migration Directorate will visit the Migrating out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium’s Secretariat at the University of Sussex on Wednesday 16th July. Led by the FCO’s Director, Migration, James Sharp, the 7-strong delegation will meet with the Secretariat and other Sussex-based academics and students working on migration, and discuss FCO and UK government priorities in the area of migration.

Migrating out of Poverty parallel session at Global Development Network Conference Accra, Ghana

The 15th Annual Global Development Network Conference 18-20 June 2014, Structural transformation in Africa and beyond,  will include a parallel session based on Migrating out of Poverty research ‘Internal migration dynamics in Africa and Asia: Implications for poverty reduction and development’. L. Alan Winters, John Oucho, George Owusu & Joseph Yaro will present papers on Indonesia, East Africa and Ghana respectively. Mariama Awumbila will chair the session.

OECD Development Centre seeks qualitative researcher

The OECD Development Centre is urgently seeking a qualitative researcher with expertise on migration and development to work as a consultant on the Centre’s project ‘Interrelations between Public Policies, Migration and Development: Case Studies and Policy Recommendations’.
More information.

GFMD 2014 documents now available:

The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Civil Society Days website now has recordings of the 2014 Civil Society Days plenary session and the opening of the Government Days. The Civil Society Chair’s report is available and the reports of the rapporteurs of the break out sessions.

Migrants on the Margins

Michael Collyer at the University of Sussex is leading a new 3-year project, Migrants on the margins, that looks at movements of populations away from humanitarian crises in some of the most populated cities including Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Harare (Zimbabwe) and Hargeisa (Somaliland).

Tasneem Siddiqui explains findings of RMMRU-SCMR climate-induced migration research in "Years of Living Dangerously"

Dr Tasneem Siddiqui explains the findings of research into climate-induced migration by the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) and the Sussex Centre for Migration Research (SCMR) in Years of Living Dangerously, broadcast on Showtime Networks Monday 2 June at 8pm ET/PT (= 0100 GMT Tuesday 3 June).
More information.

New Working Paper - Does Migration for Domestic Work Reduce Poverty?

This new Working Paper by Priya Deshingkar and Benjamin Zeitlyn with Bridget Holtom locates the available literature on internal and regional migration for domestic work in Africa and Asia, and its relationship to poverty. Based on a systematic search of academic journals in the social sciences, the paper assesses the evidence, identifies gaps and offers suggestions for improving the evidence base on this important migration stream.

New Working Paper - Internal and Regional Migration for Construction Work: A research agenda

Benjamin Zeitlyn and Priya Deshingkar with support from Bridget Holtom review evidence from the literature on internal migration for work in construction in developing countries. They identify gaps and important themes, in particular issues relating to poverty and development, and suggest areas for future research.

New Working Paper - Can Rural-Urban Migration into Slums Reduce Poverty? Evidence from Ghana

Mariama Awumbila, George Owusu and Joseph Teye of the Centre for Migration Studies (CMS) at the University of Ghana ask whether rural-urban migration into slums can reduce poverty in Migrating out of Poverty’s new Working Paper. Their findings show that urban slums are not just places of despair and misery, but places where migrants are optimistically making the most of their capabilities and are trying to move out of poverty.

RMMRU expert calls for incorporation of migration into Sustainable Development Goals

Tasneem Siddiqui, Chair of Migrating out of Poverty Bangladeshi partner, the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU), cites findings from Migrating out of Poverty research to argue that migration needs to be included in the post-2015 global development agenda.
Read her article

Routledge new online collection: The Economics of Race and Migration

Routledge has made available selected articles and book content on economics and ethnicity for free throughout May. The collection highlights the prevalent themes of race and migration within economics. It also includes a wider look at the relationship between economics and race and immigration, by providing a focus on trade, foreign direct investment, globalization and international migration.

Migrating out of Poverty Bangladesh Country Briefing note

Read the summary of our current and planned work in Bangladesh, led by the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit – RMMRU.

New Working Paper – Internal remittances and poverty: Further evidence from Africa and Asia

Andy McKay and Priya Deshingkar examine secondary data from household surveys for six countries in Africa and Asia to show the significance of internal remittance flows in poor countries and the characteristics of receiving areas and households. Their findings challenge the notion that internal remittances need not be considered in development planning.

KNOMAD conference on Internal Migration and Urbanisation April 30 - 1 May 2014, Bangladesh

Migrating out of Poverty core partner RMMRU is working with the Thematic Working Group on Internal Migration and Urbanization (IM&U) of the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD), to organise an international conference on Internal Migration and Urbanisation April 30 - 1 May 2014, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Comparative perspectives on reforming regional migrant labour regimes 19 March 2014

Migrating out of Poverty core partner, the African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS), is hosting a panel discussion, 'Comparative perspectives on reforming regional migrant labour regimes' on 19 March 2014 at the University of the Witwatersrand. Speakers include L. Alan Winters (CEO, Migrating out of Poverty), Zaheera Jinnah & Aurelia Segatti (ACMS), Brenda Yeoh (ARI), Chowdhury Abrar (RMMRU), and Joni Musabayana (ILO). Manolo Abella is the discussant. The meeting will be chaired by Loren B Landau (ACMS).

International Women’s Day 8 March 2014

Migrating out of Poverty celebrates International Women’s Day 2014 by highlighting the issues of women, migration and poverty. Visit our webpage to see our activities to mark the day.

DFID Round table reflections on gender mainstreaming

Migrating out of Poverty’s Research Director Priya Deshingkar and Executive Director Robert Nurick participated in a round table discussion on mainstreaming gender in research, organised by the Department for International Development (DFID) on 28 January 2014. Priya's presentation highlighted the emerging findings on the gender dimension of Migrating out of Poverty research.

Internal migration as a strategy for dealing with economic shocks: the case of Indonesia

L. Alan Winters reflects on the preliminary results of new research on the impact of internal migration on Indonesian households during the Asian economic crisis.

International Migrants Day

18 December is globally observed as International Migrants Day. Visit our webpage to see how we are marking the day and how the work of Migrating out of Poverty more generally contributes to understanding the choices, decisions and circumstances of migrants in poverty and what policies are needed to ensure that their mobility can contribute to poverty reduction. Visit our blog to read our comment and analysis of migration and poverty, follow us on Twitter @migrationrpc for our updates, tweet using #Iamamigrant to join the discussion.

Bus prepares to leave Nandom, Ghana for the journey South. Credit: Andrew McConnell/Panos

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