Center for Migration and Refugee Studies

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Center for Migration and Refugee Studies

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Research Article

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The Integrated Migration Information System as Case Study

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This paper will analyze the attempts of the Egyptian government to facilitate and manage international Egyptian labor migration for the development of Egypt through its Integrated Migration Information System (IMIS). IMIS hopes to channel human and financial resources resulting from migration to Egypt, and to encourage Egyptians and Egyptian NGOs abroad to invest in Egypt. First, an overview of the IMIS project will be mentioned, followed by a brief summary of the links between migration and development with a specific focus on remittances, brain drain/gain, and diasporas. Third, a review of the literature concerning international Egyptian migrants (EMs) and development will be discussed, followed by an evaluation of the IMIS project in order to see if its developmental objectives coincide with the reality of the Egyptian context.

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