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Migration and Development: The Policies of China and India with regard to their Overseas Communities

Jérôme Elie, Marylène Lieber and Christine Lutringer
This article is a translation of:
Migration et développement : les politiques de la Chine et de l’Inde à l’égard de leurs communautés d’outre-mer [fr]


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Focusing on India and China, two countries with high levels of emigration that have developed policies aimed at promoting ties with their nationals who live abroad, this article contributes to the academic and political debate about the relationships between the phenomenon of migration and the development of migrants’ countries of origin. In light of the measures that both these countries have amassed for the benefit of their overseas communities, one can identify the need to create one or more institutional structures to promote individual initiatives. The importance of reciprocity is emphasised, which is an essential aspect of relations between the government of the country of origin and its migrants.

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Geographic keywords:

Asia East, China, Asia South, India
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Jérôme Elie, Marylène Lieber and Christine Lutringer, “Migration and Development: The Policies of China and India with regard to their Overseas Communities”International Development Policy | Revue internationale de politique de développement [Online], 2 | 2011, Online since 24 May 2011, connection on 16 January 2021. URL:; DOI:

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About the authors

Jérôme Elie

Researcher and Coordinator of Activities, Programme for the Study of Global Migration, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. He specialises in the history of international organisations and migration issues.

Marylène Lieber

Sociologist; Researcher, Maison d’analyse des processus sociaux, University of Neuchâtel; Associate Researcher, French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC), Taipei. Issues concerning Chinese migration in Europe are among her main fields of expertise.

Christine Lutringer

Researcher, Centre for Asian Studies, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva; Researcher, Centre for Area and Cultural Studies, Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne. Her research interests mainly concern social movements in contemporary India and countryside issues.

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