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  1. Yvonne Underhill-Sem
    Yvonne Underhill-Sem August 16, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Very useful direction of analysis – will take some brave political leadership but very necessary given the brave lives that were lost recently and brave work that will be needed in the future by the families of the workers who died.

    See my recent comment here

  2. Chris Mackay
    Chris Mackay August 15, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    1. Remittances are generational so, to maintain levels, new waves of economic emigration are necessary.
    2. Investment and employment creation in the islands is constrained by the availability of investment and emigration to other countries. There needs to be a serious policy debate about island government policies and this probably needs to be led by a new generation of analysts abreast of the next “industrial revolution” innovations that are coming.
    3. Too much emphasis on climate change with regard to this issue is diversionary rather than mainstream. Migration because of climate change is not about economic or social development. It is a “disaster” response.
    4. Mobility is the key issue and, unfortunately, recipient countries have not proved to be outstandingly adept at developing decent policies in this regard. Here, and 2. above are where the main contributions can be made in my opinion.

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