Articles about Migration
To glimpse how migration is changing the world, consider Western Union, a fixture of American lore that went bankrupt selling telegrams but now earns nearly $1 billion a year helping poor migrants across the globe send money home.
Migrant workers from the Philippines send billions back to their families. But as the multigenerational saga of Rosalie Villanueva and her family shows, the human costs are harder to calculate. In her family, a good provider is one who leaves.
No one has done more to make migration and its potential rewards a top-of-the-agenda concern than the World Bank economist Dilip Ratha. He grew in the isolated village of Sindhekela, where monkeys prowl rutted roads, and the native son who achieved the most did so by going away.
Virtually every aspect of global migration can be seen in this tiny West African nation, where the number of people who have departed approaches the number who remain and almost everyone has a close relative in Europe or the United States. In a country with little rain and a history of famine, migration began as a necessity and became part of the civic DNA.