This paper uses geographically disaggregated data to investigate the role of foreign aid as a pull factor for internal migration in Malawi over the period 1998–2008. Employing a standard gravity model of migration, we show a positive relationship between the volume of foreign assistance a district receives and the number of immigrants. While aid makes districts more attractive as migrant destinations, there is no evidence of a counterbalancing push factor effect on internal mobility. We also dig deeper into the mechanisms through which foreign aid can shape internal migration decisions. According to our results, the positive welfare effects of foreign assistance manifest themselves not only through a rise in economic opportunities, but also in improved access to public services in recipient districts.

Aid and internal migration in Malawi / Lanati M.; Sanfilippo M.; Santi F.. - In: WORLD DEVELOPMENT. - ISSN 0305-750X. - ELETTRONICO. - 162:(2023), pp. 106134.1-106134.19. [10.1016/j.worlddev.2022.106134]

Aid and internal migration in Malawi

Santi F.
2023

Abstract

This paper uses geographically disaggregated data to investigate the role of foreign aid as a pull factor for internal migration in Malawi over the period 1998–2008. Employing a standard gravity model of migration, we show a positive relationship between the volume of foreign assistance a district receives and the number of immigrants. While aid makes districts more attractive as migrant destinations, there is no evidence of a counterbalancing push factor effect on internal mobility. We also dig deeper into the mechanisms through which foreign aid can shape internal migration decisions. According to our results, the positive welfare effects of foreign assistance manifest themselves not only through a rise in economic opportunities, but also in improved access to public services in recipient districts.
2023
Aid and internal migration in Malawi / Lanati M.; Sanfilippo M.; Santi F.. - In: WORLD DEVELOPMENT. - ISSN 0305-750X. - ELETTRONICO. - 162:(2023), pp. 106134.1-106134.19. [10.1016/j.worlddev.2022.106134]
Lanati M.; Sanfilippo M.; Santi F.
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