In migration studies, the nexus between migration and development in the global South has been meticulously debated. However, a unanimous resolution to this debate has not been found, due to the ever-changing nature of international migration. This book advances knowledge on the global debate on the migration-development relationship by documenting experiences in a number of countries in South Asia.

Drawing on the experiences of global South Asians, this volume documents the impact of migration on the social, economic, and political fields in the broader context of development. It also presents a regional experience by looking into the migration-development nexus in the context of South Asia, and analyses the role South Asian migrants and diaspora communities play in the South Asian society. Contributions from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, including sociology, anthropology, political science, international relations and economics, document the development implications of South Asian migration. Broad in scope in terms of contents, timeline of migration, and geographical coverage, the book presents empirically-based case studies involving India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Nepal and their emigrants living and working in different parts of the world.

Going beyond reporting the impacts of migration on economic development by highlighting the implications of ‘social development’ on society, this book provides a fascinating contribution to the fields of Asian Development, Migration Studies and South Asian Studies.

chapter 2|22 pages

Innovative incorporation

Diasporic representation and political rights in India

chapter 3|17 pages

The diaspora meets the development industry

Engaging Norwegian-Pakistanis in development back home

chapter 6|17 pages

A troublesome home?

Transnational property and its discontents in Indian Punjab

chapter 7|16 pages

Bangladeshi migration to Southern Europe

Implications on migrant families

chapter 9|17 pages

International migration and economic changes in South Asia

The emergence of the middle class

chapter 11|19 pages

International migration and development

Prospects and challenges for Nepal