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The Brain Drain is Dead, Long Live New Zealand’s Diaspora

Date: 24 septembre 2006 - Imprimer cette page
Alan Gamlen from the Center on Migration, Policy and Society at (COMPAS) the University of Oxford analyses the role of New Zealand’s diaspora in country of origin development.

Although ‘tapping the diaspora’ is now widely recognized as a viable aid strategy for transferring wealth from the "developed’ to the ‘developing’ world, there has recently been a surge of interest in ‘the diaspora option’ among the middle-income ‘developed’ countries of the former British Empire, all of whom have been grappling with high rates of emigration. This paper focuses on one such country - New Zealand. It shows how diaspora engagement has begun to offer a way out of an impasse in the local brain drain debate ; a debate in which the reigning theories of migration and human capital (such as ‘replacement migration’) have helped perpetuate one-sided, in-flow oriented migration management and population planning paradigms. This paper offers a simple threefold typology of diaspora engagement strategies : remittance capture, diaspora networking, and diaspora integration.

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