Tackling Poverty-Migration Linkages: Evidence from Ghana and Egypt

Social Indicators Research, DOI 10.1007/s11205-007-9154-y

Posted: 12 Feb 2008

See all articles by Rachel Sabates-Wheeler

Rachel Sabates-Wheeler

University of Sussex - Institute of Development Studies

Ricardo Sabatés

Faculty of Education; Centre for International Education

Adriana Castaldo

University of Sussex - Sussex Centre for Migration Research

Abstract

Are migrants able to use the migration experience to their benefit, that is to improve their livelihoods, and is this result nuanced by whether migrants are poor or non-poor? This paper explores these questions quantitatively using data on migrants and non-migrants from Ghana and Egypt. It describes the main challenges in the empirical literature and introduces a conceptual model to explore the links between migration and poverty. The empirical model accounts for the direct effects of migration on poverty and for the role of migration in moderating the dynamics of poverty. Results show the selectivity of migration with respect to subjective poverty and that migration can have a significant impact on helping people improve their livelihoods. The paper further finds that selectivity with respect to human capital depends on 'reasons for migration' and visa status. These findings enrich existing empirical studies by providing a clear estimation of sequential events and enable policymakers to better understand the processes behind migration and poverty.

Keywords: Migration, Poverty, Subjective Poverty

Suggested Citation

Sabates-Wheeler, Rachel and Sabatés Aysa, Ricardo and Castaldo, Adriana, Tackling Poverty-Migration Linkages: Evidence from Ghana and Egypt. Social Indicators Research, DOI 10.1007/s11205-007-9154-y, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1091233

Rachel Sabates-Wheeler

University of Sussex - Institute of Development Studies ( email )

Brighton
Falmer, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 9RE
United Kingdom
+44 1273 877007 (Phone)

Ricardo Sabatés Aysa (Contact Author)

Faculty of Education ( email )

Trinity Ln
Cambridge, CB2 1TN
United Kingdom

Centre for International Education ( email )

United States
441273877628 (Phone)

Adriana Castaldo

University of Sussex - Sussex Centre for Migration Research ( email )

Arts C333
Falmer
Brighton BN1 9SJ, Sussex
United Kingdom
++44 1273 877684 (Phone)

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
681
PlumX Metrics