Development and Migration: Historical Patterns and Future Research Questions with Josh DeWind

Thursday, February 3, 2011, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
The New School, New York City
Henry Cohen Room, 72 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor

Aristide R. Zolberg, Walter Eberstadt Professor, The New School for Social Research
Manuel F. Montes, chief of development strategy and policy analysis, UNDESA
Moderated by Ronald Kassimir, associate provost for research and Special Projects

Four basic long-term patterns of development and migration are increasingly being recognized as universal: transitions from agricultural to industrial economies, rural to urban societies, high to low fertility, and emigration to immigration countries. World regional data suggest that these transitions progress in tandem with one another both between and within and regions. Two questions about these macro-level transitions will be explored: to what extent are they causally related, and can they be used to explain contemporary and future migration flows?

Josh DeWind is director of the Migration Program of the Social Science Research Council. His research and writing on development and migration has focused on internal migration (peasants who go to work in the mines of Peru), international migration (Haitians who are pushed to emigrate by international development assistance), and the relation of internal and international migration with development (Migration and Development Within and Across Borders, ed. with Jennifer Holdaway).

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