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Ongoing Research

Research and dissemination of the findings have continued to be one of the core activities of the Centre for Migration Studies. A major feature of the research activities carried out during the period covered in this report is the investigation of areas that have been neglected and the innovative nature of the methodologies used by some of the research projects.

Assessing the Economic Contribution of Labour Migration in Developing Countries as Countries of Destination

Interest in the contribution of migrants to development has increased considerably among policy maker, development planners and practitioners. Some governments have adopted policies in this regard to maximize the benefits from migration while minimizing the costs. Considerable research and knowledge has also been produced on the subject, with a large body of literature on the migration-development nexus. However, the focus has been on migrants’ remittances to countries of origin. Read more

The Role of Door-to-Door Operators in Ghanaian International Migration

This project seeks to address a critical gap in knowledge about the operations of a major transnational business which has a direct bearing on the livelihood strategies adopted by Ghanaian migrants in their attempt to participate in socio-economic development in their country of origin.  ‘Door-to-Door’ operators are businesses that collect and ship goods from specific addresses in the UK to specific addresses in Ghana.  Read more

Migrants in Countries in Crisis: Supporting an Evidence-based Approach for Effective and Cooperative State Action

This study is part of the Research Component of the European Union-funded project titled “Migrants in Countries in Crisis: Supporting an Evidence-based Approach for Effective and Cooperative State Action” which aims at providing accessible, methodologically robust and policy relevant data on the migration implications of crisis situations in host countries.  Read More

MOP Research Projects

Migration to Cities in Ghana:  An analysis of the counterfactual

This study examines the impact of rural-urban migration on the welfare of migrant-sending households in Ghana by exploring what their living standards might have been had their migrant members remained at home. While earlier counterfactual analysis largely focused on economic gains and losses, we also examined social counterfactuals of migration to cities. The data were obtained from a household survey conducted among 1,132 households selected from five regions of Ghana. Read more