Circular Migration: Triple Win or Renewed Interests of Destination Countries?

Rahim, Afaf, Rayp, Glenn and Ruyssen, Ilse (2021). Circular Migration: Triple Win or Renewed Interests of Destination Countries?. UNU-CRIS Working Paper. UNU Insitute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies.

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    Sub-type Working paper
    Author Rahim, Afaf
    Rayp, Glenn
    Ruyssen, Ilse
    Title Circular Migration: Triple Win or Renewed Interests of Destination Countries?
    Series Title UNU-CRIS Working Paper
    Volume/Issue No. 2021/3
    Publication Date 2021
    Place of Publication Bruges
    Publisher UNU Insitute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
    Pages 58
    Language eng
    Abstract Circular migration has been advocated in policy circles as a ‘triple win’ since it allows destination countries to fill labour shortages with flexible workforce; migrants to earn higher incomes and benefit from skills upgrading; and origin countries to benefit from remittances and the newly acquired skills of returning migrants. In this paper, we discuss the various definitions and understandings of circular migration. We present examples of circular migration schemes, distinguishing between the different skill categories, discuss the pros and cons of circular migration and identify deviations from the ‘Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration’. Our review indicates that benefits to origin countries and migrant workers are often exaggerated primarily due to the small-scale nature of contemporary scheme. We recommend upscaling circular migration schemes to boost their developmental impact in origin countries, meet labour demand in destination countries, and curb irregular migration. Additionally, we emphasise the need to align the schemes’ design and implementation with the Global Compact objectives for orderly migration to circumscribe the flaws that accompany their implementation.
    Copyright Holder UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
    Copyright Year 2021
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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