6. Migration and Corruption

This research area investigates the linkages between migration and corruption. Migration and corruption are critical phenomena in development processes. Migration, in this context, refers to the international movement of people, be it for work, protection, education, family reunification or other purposes. The (conflict-affected) states that typically produce migrants and refugees tend to have weak institutions and high levels of corruption meaning that there is often a disconnect between norms of corruption in migrant sending and receiving states. Corruption is understood here broadly, to encompass nepotism, clientilism, misappropriation of public funds, bribery, extortion, embezzlement, etc. This research area is particularly interested in investigating some specific aspects of this connection including but not limited to: corruption as an impediment to the development benefit of migration, corruption leading to a morality drain, corruption as a(dis) incentive to return or invest, the diffusion of norms and values around corruption or the continuing with the status-quo.

Contacts: Melissa Siegel and Ortrun Merkle


  • Related publications

    Carling, Jørgen, Erlend Paasche & Melissa Siegel, 2015, Finding Connections: The Nexus between Migration and Corruption, Feature article on MPI website, More information