The Migration-Social Policy Nexus: Current and Future Research


This paper discusses the migration-social policy nexus by showing that there are important connections between migration and transformations in social policy. It develops an analytical framework for the integration of social policy and migration policy and examines the relevance of emerging ideas on the migration-social policy nexus and transnational social policy, particularly within a South-South context. This framework provides insights into how migration affects national and transnational social welfare systems, transnational networks and service provisioning in developed countries, and how global social policy connects with socially focussed migration policy.

The paper suggests that better linkages in policy and research between migration policy and social policy are needed in order to address impact of international migration on welfare systems.

This paper was prepared for the UNRISD – IOM – IFS project on Social Policy and Migration in Developing Countries.


37 pp.

The Migration-Social Policy Nexus: Current and Future Research

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