CMS Technical Paper Series, No. 1


Migration and Economic Development in Ghana


Thoma Akabza

Alex. B. Aseidu

Agnes Budu

Peter Quartey

Sarah Akouni

Migration has always been viewed as a double-edged sword, with both positive and negative effects hence the interplay between migration and economic development cannot be over-emphasized. However, it is important to note that the relationship between migration and economic development is complex since they have reciprocal causal relationship. CMS Technical Paper Series 1 discusses the key issues that explain the impact of migration on economic development considering migration as a part of development rather than an end in itself. The paper explores the relevant literature on skilled labour emigration and its relevance to Ghana. It examines the links between migration and development variables such as livelihoods, financial sector development, climate change and environment. It further delves into migration of professionals within the health and education sectors of Ghana and assessed some of its impacts on national development and also highlights issues of the diaspora, refugees and development.