School of International Policy and Governance Balsillie School of International Affairs ip623: Special Topics in International Economic Relations: Migration and Development Professor Jonathan Crush

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School of International Policy and Governance

Balsillie School of International Affairs

IP623: Special Topics in International Economic Relations: Migration and Development

Professor Jonathan Crush

Contact Details

Phone: 1-613-329-6289


Office Hours: BSIA 318 (by appointment)

Course Overview
The course focuses on the relationship between globalization, human mobility and economic development. The course is designed to (a) take you inside contemporary policy debates on the role of migration in economic development and to enable you to take critical positions on key theoretical and governance issues; (b) explore the reasons for the recent upsurge of international interest in migration as a development issue in international agencies, national governments, civil society and amongst academics. This affords an opportunity to critique the dominant discourse on the migration-development nexus emanating from the North and to examine competing discourses from the South. The unusual degree of academic involvement in the construction of ideas and policy prescriptions will become clear; (c) critically examine key recurrent themes in academic and policy debate about the migration-development relationship. The course will also explore several "silences" in that debate (e.g. South-South migration, migrant rights); and (d) have the opportunity to critically examine the relationship between migration and development in a particular national context of interest to you.

Deadlines and Evaluation:
Policy Analysis: This will involve a class presentation (worth 5% of your final mark) of a relevant policy document. The topics will be assigned on the first day of class and the presentations will take place from 14 May onwards. Your written analysis of the document (worth 20%) will be due two weeks after your class presentation.
Article Presentation: This will involve a presentation of a relevant article or report (usually a case study) as part of the class on a particular theme. These articles are marked with an * on the readings for each week. This presentation is worth 5% of your final mark.
Course Paper: Class presentations of course papers will take place on 23-30 July. The final course paper must be submitted by 9 August 2013. Late penalties will apply (2% per day without a valid reason e.g. doctor's note). Further details of course paper requirements will be provided on 14 May..

The presentation is worth 15% of the final mark and the written paper is worth 40% of the final mark.

Class Participation: You are expected to attend every class (unless you have pre-approval to be absent), be on time, complete all assigned readings, and actively participate in class discussions and debates.
The use of social media, personal email, the internet or portable electronic devices (other than a laptop) is not permitted during class hours.



Policy Brief


Journal Article


Course Paper



Contribution to Class Discussions


Written Work

Policy Brief


Course Paper


Course Outline

7 May: Introduction

14 May: Migration and Development: The Swinging Pendulum

21 May: Diaspora Engagement in Development

28 May: Diasporas in the Global South Conference: Sessions 6 and 7

4 June: [Policy Week in Ottawa]

11 June: Remittances: The New Development Mantra?

18 June: The Brain Drain: An International Crime?

25 June: South-South Migration

2 July: Migration and Food Security

9 July: Designing a Global Governance Architecture

16 July: Survival Migration and Fragile States

23 July: Presentations

30 July: Presentations

6 August: Final Class

7 May 2013: Introduction
Course Outline and Requirements

14 May 2013: Migration and Development: The Swinging Pendulum
Stephen Castles, “Development and Migration, Migration and Development: What Comes First?” In Migration and Development: Future Directions for Migration and Policy. SSRC, New York, 2008.
Hein de Haas, "The Migration and Development Pendulum: A Critical View on Research and Policy" International Migration 24 (2012): 89-25.
Graeme Hugo, “Migration and Development in Low-Income Countries: A Role for Destination Country Policy?” Migration and Development 1 (2012): 24-49.
Policy Brief Presentation No. 1: Mainstreaming Migration in Development
21 May 2013: Diaspora Engagement in Development
Jonathan Crush, Abel Chikanda et al, Divided Diasporas: Southern Africans in Canada, CIGI Special Report, Waterloo, 2013, Chapters 1, 4, 5

Jennifer Brinkerhoff, “Creating an Enabling Environment for Diasporas’ Participation in Homeland Development" International Migration 50(1) (2012): 75-95.

Policy Brief Presentation No. 2: Mobilizing Diaspora Entrepreneurship for Development

28 May 2013: Conference on Diasporas, Development and Governance in the Global South
Attend Panels 6 and 7
4 June 2013: Policy Week in Ottawa
11 June 2013: Remittances: The New Development Mantra?
Dilip Ratha, S. Mohapatra and E. Scheja, “The Impact of Migration on Economic and Social Development: A Review of Evidence and Emerging Issues” Policy Research Working Paper No 558, World Bank, Washington DC, 2011.
Luin Goldring, "Individual and Collective Remittances to Mexico: A Multi-Dimensional Typology" Development and Change 35(4) (2004) 799-840.
Peggy Levitt and Deepak Lamba-Nieves, "'It's Not Just About the Economy, Stupid' - Social Remittances Revisited" Migration Policy Institute, 2010.
Policy Brief Presentation No 3: Collective Remitting for Development

18 June 2013: The Brain Drain: An International Crime?
Michael Clemens, “The Financial Consequences of High-Skill Emigration: Lessons from African Doctors Abroad” In S.Plaza and D. Ratha, eds., Diaspora for Development in Africa (Washington DC: World Bank, 2011).
Ed Mills et al, “The Financial Cost of Doctors Emigrating from Sub-Saharan Africa: Human Capital Analysis” British Medical Journal 343 (2011):d7031.
Michael Clemens, “No, British Medical Journal, the Emigration of African Doctors Did Not Cost Africa $2 Billion” Center for Global Development, Washington DC, 30 November 2011

Policy Brief Presentation No. 4: Recruiting Health Professionals from the South

25 June: South-South Migration
Dilip Ratha and William Shaw, South-South Migration and Remittances. Washington:

World Bank Development Prospects Group, 2007.

Oliver Bakewell, " South-South Migration and Human Development: Reflections on

African Experiences" Human Development Research Paper No 7, New York, 2009
Sujata Ramachandran, “Indifference, Impotence and Intolerance: Transnational Bangladeshis in India” Global Migration Perspectives No 42, Global Commission on International Migration, Geneva, 2005.
Policy Brief Presentation No. 5: Putting South-South Migration on the Policy Agenda

2 July: Migration and Food Security
Jonathan Crush, Linking Migration, Development and Food Security, AFSUN Urban Food Security Series No. 9, Cape Town, 2012.
Carlos Azzarri and Alberto Zezza, "International Migration and Nutritional Outcomes in Tajikistan" Food Policy, 36(1) (2011): 54-70.
Policy Brief Presentation No. 6: Merging Migration and Food Security

9 July: Designing a Governance Architecture for Migration and Development
Alexander Betts, "Global Migration Governance" Global Economic Governance Programme, Working Paper No 43, Oxford University, 2010.

Kathleen Newland, "The GFMD and the Governance of International Migration" In Irena Omelaniuk, ed., Global Perspectives on Migration and Development Vol. 1 (Geneva: IOM, 2012).

Lourdes Benería, Carmen Diana Deere and Naila Kabeer, "Gender and International Migration: Globalization, Development, and Governance" Feminist Economics 18(2) (2012): 1-33.

Policy Brief Presentation No. 7: Regional Consultative Processes on Migration

16 July: Survival Migration and Conflict States

Alexander Betts, Survival Migration: Failed Governance and the Crisis of Displacement (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2013).

Jonathan Crush, Abel Chikanda and Godfrey Tawodzera, The Third Wave: Contemporary Migration from Zimbabwe to South Africa, SAMP Migration Policy Series, Cape Town, 2012.
L.Hammond et al, “The Role of the Somali Diaspora in Relief, Development and Peace-building” Report of a Study Commissioned by UNDP Somalia, New York, 2011.
Policy Brief Presentation No 8: Migration and Climate Change

23 July: Presentations
30 July: Presentations
5 August: Wrap

Academic and Research Misconduct:
You are reminded that the University will levy sanctions on students who are found to have committed, or have attempted to commit, acts of academic or research misconduct. You are expected to know what constitutes an academic offense, to avoid committing such offenses, and to take responsibility for your academic actions. For information on categories of offenses and types of penalty, please consult the relevant section of the Undergraduate Academic Calendar. If you need clarification of aspects of University policy on Academic and Research Misconduct, please consult your instructor.
Wilfrid Laurier University uses software that can check for plagiarism. Students may be required to submit their written work in electronic form and have it checked for plagiarism.
Accessible Learning:
Students with disabilities or special needs are advised to contact Laurier’s Accessible Learning Centre for information regarding its services and resources. Students are encouraged to review the Calendar for information regarding all services available on campus.

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