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Thinking twice: Myths about migration - Debunking common stereotypes with MOOP research


Thinking Twice: Myths about Migration

Just out now, in time for circulation at the Global Forum on Migration and Development, MOOP communications officers have put together this six page brief debunking some commonly held beliefs on issues surrounding migration.

Taking from our own research some of the lessons we have learned, we are able to debunk or at least counter-argue a few general stereotypes replicated over and again, when it comes to migration.

What comes to your mind when you think about who's involved in migration? What comes to mind when you think about why people migrate, or how to improve the situation? 

Do any of these statements sound familiar?

  • Migration agents are inherently exploitative
  • Improving migrants' access to information is an obvious path towards positive change
  • National level policy change is the main way that we will improve migration outcomes
  • Regular migration always produces better outcomes than irregular migration
  • Migration from rural areas to urban informal settlements is a negative move

If you agree or disagree with any of the above, then this is a must read: Thinking Twice: Myths about Migration

And please pass the link on to others, who might find it interesting and of use!


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By: Allison Baldasare
Last updated: Thursday, 8 December 2016


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