Converting Migration Drains into Gains: Harnessing the Resources of Overseas Professionals

Publication | October 2006
  • US$30.00 (paperback)

Developing country governments and international donors are taking notice of diasporas' potential contributions to economic development. Attention has primarily focused on the impressive totals of economic remittances, whose global estimates now outpace official development assistance: estimated at $70 billion per year in 2004, $125 billion in 2005, and $167 billion in 2006. More systematic research is required on diaspora contributions and strategic policies and programs to support them.

This volume seeks to contribute to this research agenda by analytically reviewing three case studies of diaspora knowledge exchange/transfer: Afghanistan, People's Republic of China, and the Philippines.

These provide empirical and anecdotal data relating to:

  • knowledge exchange/transfer
  • its potential relationship to economic remittances
  • diaspora motivations, and
  • home country policies and programs.

The potential for diaspora knowledge exchange suggests greater opportunities for gain than may be currently recognized and realized.


  • Preface
  • Diasporas, Skills Transfer, and Remittances: Evolving Perceptions and Potential
  • Introduction
  • Promoting Knowledge Exchange through Diaspora Networks (The Case of the People's Republic of China)
  • Promoting Knowledge Transfer Activities Through Diaspora Networks: A Pilot Study on the Philippines
  • Material and Social Remittances to Afghanistan
  • Diaspora Mobilization Factors and Policy Options

Additional Details

  • Social development and protection
  • Afghanistan
  • China, People's Republic of
  • Philippines
  • 090506
  • 978-971-561-614-0 (Print)

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