The Migrating out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium was a ten-year, multidisciplinary, multi-country, research and uptake partnership. The goal of Migrating out of Poverty was to maximise the poverty reducing and developmental impacts of migration and minimise the costs and risks of migration for the poor. This included generating new knowledge related to migration and poverty; creating new datasets and publications; engaging policymakers with key research outcomes on migration and poverty linkages. The Migrating out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium was funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), in order to focus on the relationship between regional migration, internal migration and poverty in Africa and Asia.

We are proud of the contribution of consortium partners to policy debates and practice on internal, regional, and international migration, as well as debates related to refugees, human trafficking, and modern slavery. The evidence generated by the programme has been instrumental in informing the design of a number of key government policies and decisions.

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  • Impact of Labour Migration to the Construction Sector on Poverty: Evidence from India 

    Srivastava, Ravi; Sutradhar, Rajib (RMMRU, 2014)
    Seasonal and circular migration is an important livelihood strategy for workers in developing countries and the construction industry is one of the largest recipients of such labour. The impact of labour migration to this ...
  • Internal Migrant Construction Workers in Nepal: Tackling Exploitative Labour Practices to Enhance Migration’s Impact on Poverty Reduction 

    Adhikar, Jagannath; Gurung, Ganesh (RMMRU, 2014)
    Migration for construction work to urban areas has increased rapidly in Nepal since 1990 mainly due to rapid urbanization accompanied by growth in housing and physical infrastructures. This has ...
  • Internal Migrant Workers and the ConstructionSector in Bangladesh: Tackling informalityand exploitative labour practices 

    Abrar, C. R.; Reza, Md. Selim; Sward, Jon (RMMRU, 2014)
    According to new research conducted by the Migrating out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium,internal migrant construction workers in Bangladesh face unduly harsh conditions of work. This ...
  • The Costs and Benefits of Domestic Work as a Livelihood Strategy 

    Platt, Maria; Baey, Grace; Khoo, Choon Yen (Migrating out of Poverty, 2014-06)
    Domestic work remains one of the key occupations for many female migrants in Southeast Asia. As a low-skilled, low-wage job with often inadequate legal protection, domestic work is an occupation that has the potential to ...
  • Ensuring Decent Work in Singapore's Domestic Work Industry 

    Baey, Grace; Khoo, Choon Yen (Migrating out of Poverty, 2013-12)
    It is widely acknowledged that foreign domestic workers play an increasingly significant role in plugging social reproductive gaps in the areas of housework, childcare, and eldercare amongst many ...
  • Enhancing the Welfare of Migrant-Sending Households in Zimbabwe 

    Nyikahadzoi, Kefasi (Migrating out of Poverty, 2019-09)
    Zimbabwe is experiencing ongoing migration from rural areas to destinations both within and outside the country. International destinations include South Africa and Botswana, as well as Europe and the Americas. It is ...
  • Migration, Brokerage, Precarity and Agency 

    Deshingkar, Priya (Migrating out of Poverty, 2019-08)
    Globally, brokerage is widespread in migrant labour markets. Brokers fill the gap between migrants and the countries or places they are travelling to, and help migrants traverse complex immigration systems, border controls ...
  • The State, Brokers and Migration in Ethiopia: Can Criminalisation of Brokers Mitigate Irregular Migration? 

    Tufa, Fekadu Adugna (Migrating out of Poverty, 2019-08)
    This Policy Brief outlines how the Ethiopian government approaches irregular migration from the country in a context of growing international pressure to control such migration. Challenging socioeconomic and political ...
  • Le trafic de migrants en Casamance au Senegal 

    Gueye, Doudou; Deshingkar, Priya (Migrating out of Poverty, 2019-08)
    Au milieu des années 2000, les ressortissants sénégalais représentaient la plus grande proportion de migrants clandestins interceptés en Méditerranée. Ces migrants clandestins, qui risquaient leur vie dans des bateaux ...
  • Migrant Smuggling in the Casamance Area of Senegal 

    Gueye, Doudou; Deshingkar, Priya (Migrating out of Poverty, 2019-08)
    As routes and migrant profiles have diversified, so have the infrastructures of migration mediation. This research provides an up-to-date account of the structure and functioning of the Senegalese migration industry: the ...
  • Changing Patterns of Migration and Remittances in Rural Ghana 

    Teye , Joseph Kofi (Migrating out of Poverty, 2019-08)
    While migration is an important livelihood strategy adopted by individuals and households to improve living standards, there are contesting views on its effects on the welfare of the migrant households in migrant sending ...
  • Navigating Complex Social Relations 

    Awumbila, Mariama (Migrating out of Poverty, 2019-08)
    Migration is seen by many poor rural households as a strategy to escape poverty and to improve on livelihoods. Although much is known about the drivers of migration, migrant experiences upon arrival in the place of ...
  • The Cost of (Ir)regular Migration 

    Darkwah, Akosua K. (Migrating out of Poverty, 2019-08)
    This Policy Brief provides insights into the costs and benefits of (ir)regular male migration from the perspective of both parents and wives. In recognition of the pervasiveness of information and communication ...
  • Migrating out of Poverty? Evidence from Informal Settlements in Accra, Ghana 

    Awumbila, Mariama; Owusu, George; Teye, Joseph; Anamzoya, Alhassan; Sward, Jon (Migrating out of Poverty, 2013)
    Despite negative policy stances toward rural-urban migration and urban slums in Ghana, recent research carried out by a research team at the Centre for Migration Studies, University of Ghana, ...
  • Regularising Labour Migration of Zimbabwean Domestic Workers in South Africa 

    Vanyoro, Kudakwashe P. (ACMS, 2019-07)
    The number of Zimbabwean women migrating to South Africa has increased in the post-apartheid years. Excluded from more closely regulated pursuits, many are employed as domestic workers. Their movements and labour are in ...
  • Challenges of the Migration and Integration of Ethiopian Entrepreneurs to South Africa 

    Estifanos, Yordanos; Zack, Tanya; Vanyoro, Kudakwashe P. (ACMS, 2019-07)
    The various routes of migration-resources, networks, formal and less formal agents and the capacity of individuals undertaking the migration journey-as well as their motivation for migrating from Ethiopia to ...
  • Child Migrants Along the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor (CORAL) 

    Thorsen, Dorte (Terre des Hommes, 2019)
    CORAL’s core purpose is to strengthen child protection services for migrant children and children affected by migration, including increasing access to those services, reinforcing existing services, creating new ones, and ...
  • South Africa - Migration Industry 

    Vanyoro, Kudakwashe P. (ACMS, 2018-02)
    The focus of the Migration Industry research in South Africa is on the multiple actors and institutions that together make it possible for an individual to migrate. These include border control agencies, ...
  • Zimbabwe - Income and Remittances 

    Vanyoro, Kudakwashe P. (ACMS, 2018-02)
    In order to understand whether migration represents a route out of poverty, an estimate of the counterfactual scenario - what might have been the outcome had migration not occurred - must be identified. ...
  • Zimbabwe - Gender and Generation 

    Vanyoro, Kudakwashe P. (ACMS, 2018-02)
    The Gender and Generation research in Zimbabwe builds on and extends, the novel insights exposed in Bangladesh, Ghana, and Indonesia in the previous set of studies interrogating intra-household ...

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