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Do international migration and remittances reduce poverty in developing countries?

Siddique, Hafiz Muhammad Abubakar and Shehzadi, Iram and Manzoor, Muhammad Rizwan and Majeed, Muhammad Tariq (2016): Do international migration and remittances reduce poverty in developing countries? Published in: Science International Lahore , Vol. 28(2), No. 28(2) (2016): pp. 1519-1524.

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Abstract

International migration and remittances have an important role in economic and social development of the developing countries as it helps in achieving the gains of globalization. This paper endeavors to explore the relationship by forming and evaluating a new data set on foreign remittances, international migration, poverty and inequality in South Asian countries. As poverty and income inequality are the prime issues faced by the developing countries meanwhile a handsome number of skilled and educated workers of such countries is employed abroad in the high income countries, so the foreign remittances sent by these workers to home countries is expected to have positive impacts on poverty reduction. The contribution of foreign remittances in the total income of South Asia is 4.2% which shows a significant proportion of GDP and it has significant impact on poverty alleviation.

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