The global economic crisis (GEC) was widely expected to lead to a fall in migration. Analysts also expected that many migrants would return to their homelands, and that worker remittances would decline. But some general trends that have emerged three years into the crisis suggest that in some areas, the effects of the GEC on migration were not as severe as expected, while in others they defied expectations.

International Migrants in the Global Economic Crisis

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Over the last three decades, international migration has become an important part of the world economy, providing vital labor for industrial countries. Migration has also become a major resource for origin countries, helping to lift millions of people out of poverty and contributing to national income and development finance. The global economic crisis (GEC), which led to massive declines in investment and production all over the world, was widely expected to also lead to a fall in migration. Analysts also expected that many migrants would return to their homelands, and that worker remittances would decline. Although the current fragmentary data means that any assessment must be seen as provisional, some general trends have emerged three years into the crisis. These suggest that in some areas, the effects of the GEC on migration were not as severe as expected, while in others they defied expectations.

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