African Population Studies
Union for African Population Studies
Vol. 27, No. 1, 2013, pp. 53-69
Bioline Code: ep13005
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Population Studies, Vol. 27, No. 1, 2013, pp. 53-69
© African Population Studies
Migration, remittance and development in origin countries: evidence from Nigeria|
Afaha, John S.
Migration (international or local migration) of individuals/workers is viewed as a channel through which
workers’ remittances have become a major source of income for developing countries; resources are repatriated
from the source country to service foreign nationals or home economy while it creates an internal brain
drain between local migrants and likely an increased outmigration of workers/individuals. However, little is
still known about their impact on the economic development in the origin countries. This paper analyses
whether, and to what extent, these downsides of international migration of workers affects origin countries.
Consequently, using a household survey-based and secondary sources dataset our results show that remittances
in Nigeria are positively and significantly viable in their contribution to economic growth (proxy by
gross domestic product) in some Sub-Saharan African countries and have reduced poverty to some extent.
Remittances; economic growth; migration; development; Nigeria
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