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Migration and Development: The Case of Turkish Migration to Germany

IJED, Vol. 5 No. 2, (2003)

This article reviews empirical research and studies to investigate the impact of international migration from Turkey to West Germany on economic development of Turkey. The paper is organized in three sections. The first section provides a theoretical background for the complex relationship between migration and development. The second section presents the size and nature of the international labor migration from Turkey to Western Europe and, specifically, to West Germany. The last section includes discussions of the potential effects of labor recruitment, remittances and return migration, and the extent that these potentials are realized. Overall impacts of the migration flow on development of Turkey are also presented.

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