Migration–Development Links in Selected European Destination Countries

  • Metka Hercog
Part of the Dynamics of Asian Development book series (DAD)


This chapter focuses on host country policies and environments in four European countries, and it seeks to identify major developments in the official discourses regarding the inter-linkages between migration and development. It is based on a comprehensive policy review of France, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland and how they officially understand the migration and development nexus, and the type of practices for enabling policies that are employed to achieve socioeconomic development in the countries of origin. This chapter explores structural differences between the host countries and their ability to provide a fruitful environment for diaspora engagement in home country development. Several policy options have been tried since the late 1990s and these have developed significantly, resulting in the current situation where all the studied countries have an overarching strategy in the area of migration and development. The main criticism of the possible instrumentalisation of practices for the purpose of migration control in the interest of host countries is present in all four countries presented.


Host Country Home Country Labour Migration Foreign Affair Destination Country 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cooperation and Development CenterÉcole Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.International Migration BranchInternational Labour OfficeGenevaSwitzerland

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