Migration and Social Development: Organizational and Political Dimensions
This paper attempts to explore the various formal and informal mechanisms through which migrants can, and do, attempt to influence political structures and decision-making processes in origin and destination countries at multiple levels, that is, local, national and regional. More specifically, the objective is to explore to what extent, and how, migrants attempt to influence social policy and service provisioning through organizations in both host and origin countries that defend the interests of migrants and their families and communities. The analysis shows that these processes, and the choice or obstacles to certain organizational channels, are shaped by varying opportunity structures.
This paper was prepared for the UNRISD – IOM – IFS project on Social Policy and Migration in Developing Countries.