International migration, remittances and rural development

This paper analyses the root causes of rural outmigration, focusing on its economic and social implications. It takes as its starting point the fact that mobility is inherent in human existence. Livelihoods and sociocultural changes are intimately connected with population movements. To understand present and fast-developing trends in human mobility, it examine the origins of migratory movements and discern how such transformations actually affect the natural resource base, as well as how they shape livelihoods and socio-economic/cultural coexistence. Finally, the paper presents a discussion of future challenges linking migration to climate change, as well as the impact of transboundary diseases on agriculture and rural development.