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24 UCLA J. Int'l L. Foreign Aff. 163 (2020)
The Ambiguity of the Migration and Development Nexus Policy Discourse: Perpetuating the Colonial Legacy?

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                           Janine Silga*

     This Article seeks to identify the influence of the colonial lega-
cy on migration policies, paying particular attention to the European
context. Its goal is to assess the extent to which the current policy dis-
course on the migration and development nexus (MDN) stems from a
conception of development that is still tightly connected with colonial-
ism. Through the lens of the North-South divide-between countries
labelled respectively as being 'developed' and 'developing'-this
Article considers how the MDN is often envisioned, mainly in poli-
cy circles, as a way of encouraging people from the global South
to stay put and thus deterring their migration to the global North.
        Postdoctoral researcher (University of Luxembourg). This Article is the final
version of a piece presented at UCLA as part of a symposium 'Critical Perspectives on
Race and Human Rights- Transnational Re-Imaginings' held on 8 March. I would like
to express my deep gratitude for the detailed and enthusiastic comments received from
Professor Cecilia Menjivar who chaired the panel in which this Article was presented. I am
also very grateful for the comments and questions formulated during this panel, both by
my copanelists and by the members of the audience. I would also like to give my heartfelt
thanks to Edoardo Stoppioni for his support throughout this project. Last but not least, I
would like to thank all the anonymous reviewers of JILFA for their very attentive reading
and detailed comments on the former versions of this Article. An earlier version of this
Article was presented at the Law and Association Society as part of a panel chaired by Pro-
fessor Iyiola Solanke entitled 'Iterations of the Other in Domestic and International Law'. I
am greatly indebted to Professor Solanke for her early comments on this piece. This Article
would not have existed without her invitation to participate in her panel and I would like to
extent my warmest thanks to her.

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