‘Come back, invest, and advance the country.’ Policy myths and migrant realities of return and development in Senegal

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Abstract

Since the early 2000s, policy debates and academic research on the linkages between migration and development have blossomed. Within this discussion, a particular focus is on the potential of return migrants’ investment in home economies. In origin countries, scholars have observed growing policy interest towards emigrant communities, highlighting that Southern governments have intensified their contacts with overseas diasporas and invite them to come back, invest and help advance the country. I argue that widespread policy optimism about return, investment and development is based on a number of misconceptions. I defend this argument with reference to the case study of Senegal. In this chapter, I offer a critical examination of current official policy discourse about the return- and-development nexus in Senegal and uncover key underlying erroneous myths.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe new developers? Experiences of African Return Migrants
EditorsL. Åkesson, M. Eriksson Baaz
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherZed Books
Pages87-108
ISBN (Print)9781783602360
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Sinatti, G. (2015). ‘Come back, invest, and advance the country.’ Policy myths and migrant realities of return and development in Senegal. In L. Åkesson, & M. Eriksson Baaz (Eds.), The new developers? Experiences of African Return Migrants (pp. 87-108). London: Zed Books.