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    QUERY The Internal-International Migration Nexus: What Links?

    Please respond by January 30, 2016: gym2013unesco@gmail.com

    Internal and international migration have significant consequences for poverty and development, yet the two fields of enquiry are rarely linked. Internal and international migrants have been placed under different spheres of administrative governance, reinforcing their separation in research and in policy-making.

    International migration has attracted vast political attention, mainly due to the conflict over state sovereignty and responsibility to assist and protect different categories of international migrants. On the contrary, despite being numerically more significant than international migration, matters of internal migration are rarely included in the political agenda.

    Both internal and international migration, and the relationship between the two, raise similar questions on the migration-development nexus such as impact of migrants on sending and receiving economies, benefits of financial and social remittances, social and civic inclusion/exclusion in the receiving place, and language barriers.

    The link between internal and international migration however is not a linear one. Most research efforts tend to merge the two fields by incorporating internal migration studies within international migration theories. The link between the two is complex, and further studies are needed to unravel the dynamics underneath.

    The Internal-International Migration Nexus: What Links? hopes to shed light on the complexities of the internal-international migration nexus. Development practitioners with experience and knowledge on the link between these two types of mobility are kindly requested to respond to the following questions with plausible examples, wherever applicable:

    1. How does international migration influence/shape internal migration, and vice versa? Considering the limited research available on the link between internal and international migration, this question seeks to document the current status of research and data on the topic. Please provide country specific information and data sources.

    2. Has the link between internal and international migration influenced policy making? Please cite examples mentioning the countries.

    Additionally, please draw attention to any resource/research materials available on the topic.

    Your responses will support UNESCO in planning and organizing a regional workshop focusing on the internal and international migration links. The Consolidated Reply, duly acknowledging your contribution, will also be shared through our networks including the GYM website, and the GYM mailing list of experts. To respond to this query, please write to: gym2013unesco@gmail.com

    We look forward to your valuable contributions and an engaging discussion.

    Marina Faetanini
    On behalf of GYM Team
    UNESCO New Delhi Office

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