Costa Ricans held a march in solidarity with Nicaraguan refugees on Aug. 25, 2018. An estimated 500,000 Nicaraguans live in Costa Rica, with more arriving daily as crisis in the country deepens.
Reuters/Juan Carlos Ulate
Nicaraguan migrants send over US$1 billion home each year. This money has played a changing role in domestic politics – first boosting the Ortega regime and, now, sustaining the uprising against him.
A Turkana woman buys food from a refugee woman in Kakuma camp in north western Kenya.
Refugee Studies Centre
Refugee policy may well be a humanitarian issue. But it is also a development issue.
UN member states are holding consultations as part of the development of a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
In a changing and unsettled world, migration can be a greater-than-ever contributor to development for communities of origin, destination areas, and for the migrants themselves.
No need for a bank: Just a smartphone and a blockchain.
Houman Haddad/UN World Food Program
Already becoming a darling of Wall Street, blockchain technology's biggest real benefits could come to the world's poorest people. Here's how.
The indefinite ruler: Tajik President Emomali Rahmon.
Tajikistan, a longstanding human rights violator, has been cracking down harshly on what's left of its political opposition.
Limitations to the flow of money to countries like Eritrea has family members in Australia worried.
With fewer options available to send much-needed money to their family overseas, migrant communities fear severe consequences.
Remittance recipients whose priority is the socioeconomic improvements of their lives were found to be less engaged with democratic processes.
Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
Remittances may hinder the development of democracy in sub-Saharan Africa. A lot depends on whether recipients value rights and freedom much more than improving their standard of living.
The old-fashioned way to send money home.
The World Bank recently forecast that remittances to developing countries will total more than US$450 billion this year, a bit bigger than Venezuela’s economy and more than double a decade a go. Given…