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Through examining the evolution of Surinamese emigration from the 1950s to the 2010s, this new IMI / DEMIG working paper shows the impact both origin and destination countries have on migration patterns.

The little known South American country of Suriname has one of the largest emigration populations in the world. Much of this emigration has taken place since independence from the Netherlands and this transition has played a significant role in the evolution of Surinamese emigration patterns.

In this paper, author Simona Vezzoli finds that the political and economic uncertainty associated with independence had an important impact, but Dutch migration policies also affected Surinamese migration. Vezzoli alsoe finds educational aspirations, long-term socio-economic conditions in Suriname, and employment opportunities and family connections in the Netherlands to be important.