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By examining Guyana’s migration from the 1950s to today, this new IMI / DEMIG working paper shows the impact origin countries have on migration processes.

Often research focuses on destination countries and their migration policies, overlooking the important impact of policies in origin countries on migration.

In this paper, author Simona Vezzoli focuses on three periods of time in Guyana to examine the role of the Guyanese government and policy, as well as process of independence and border control have affected emigration. Vezzoli also considers the impact of policies of main destination countries of Britain, Canada and the United States to provide a comprehensive picture of migration in Guyana.