Essay The Great Honey Pot

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According to Rahman (2005), poverty is seen as a motivating factor for labor migration in many developing countries. Conventionally, international temporary labor migration contributes to reducing poverty because remittances sent by migrant workers supposedly improve the economic conditions of their families back home. However, recent trends suggested that “the age of the great honey pot” is over, especially for Asian unskilled migrant workers (Rahman, 2005). In many cases, the economic costs of migration outweigh the benefits. Today’s migrant workers and their families are more concerned about the economic outcome of labor migration than before. Existing migration literatures do not adequately document this specific trend.
The literature identifies three types of interrelationships between labor migration and poverty: (a) poverty as a cause for migration, (b) migration as the result of poverty, and (c) migration as a fundamental cause of poverty. Rahman (2005) introduced an additional interrelationship, which identifies poverty as a product of migration in order to capture the recent trend in labor migration. Focusing on Bangladeshi temporary labor migration to Singapore, Rahman (2005) demonstrated that labor migration caused the extension of poverty for a substantial number of migrants and their families in Bangladesh. In regards to the U.S., Rahman found that the current inflow of immigrants (legal and illegal) fell within historical norms. As such, the flow of…

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