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'High value' migration and complicity in underdevelopment and corruption in the global south : receiving from the attic

Yusuf, Hakeem (2012) 'High value' migration and complicity in underdevelopment and corruption in the global south : receiving from the attic. Third World Quarterly, 33 (3). pp. 441-457. ISSN 0143-6597

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Abstract

Through a focus on the UK's 'High Value Migrants' programme, this article directs attention to how commercial migration laws and policies of developed countries could negatively affect the global South. Drawing mainly on insights from criminology and development studies, it investigates how the commercial migration laws and policies, specifically the aspects that deal with encouraging or attracting 'high-value' foreign entrepreneurs and investors, make the state potentially complicit in corruption and underdevelopment in the global South. There is an important need to address the implicated migration laws and policies as a critical and integral part of international efforts to combat corruption and promote peace and development in the global South. Reform of such laws and policies is in the long-term interest of all stakeholders.