Migration management, development processes in countries of origin, and integration in societies of settlement are intertwined components of social change. To understand the links between them, a holistic approach to migration as integral to social change across nation-state borders is needed. But what does such an approach mean, and what is lost without it?
There are links between migration management, development and integration – but also disconnects. Separation of policy fields exacerbates such disconnects.
Different legitimate but competing interests need to be recognised and balanced to boost positive migration effects. This is a challenging yet necessary task for policy-makers.
The temporal frames applied to understanding links between migration management, development and integration are important: from colonial ties through to electoral cycles.