Small Islands, Non-Sovereign Territories, Migration, and Development
It all started when... I first stepped into a classroom!
My passion for learning and understanding the world around me is one of my driving forces today! Whether through reading, watching a documentary, or traveling, you can always find me seeking to acquire new knowledge about things that interest me!
On this page you can find some of the research I have produced in the past, and updates on the current work I am pursuing on Identity in Non-Sovereign Territories around the world!
If you are interested in small islands, international development, the Caribbean, or migrations, you definitely want to continue reading!
Mainstream discussions on the subject of migration in the West tend to focus on the negative impact of immigration coming to the North from the Global South. Rarely does one hear policy makers of these powerful states praise their immigrant population for bringing many positive effects into their countries, and even less often do they take into consideration the impact of these migrations on migrants’ countries of origin.
This paper attempts to shed a light on the other side of the migration story, and to investigate the loss that countries in the Global South experience when their highly educated youth leave home to pursue opportunities abroad and fail to come back. By tackling the particular case study Martinique, a French overseas territory in the Caribbean, this research proposes additional insights to the research on brain drain. It will demonstrate the ways in which a non-sovereign entity, which is technically part of a “rich” nation, suffers in similar ways to its independent neighbors in the Caribbean.
In sum, this research argues that migration has become a common yet inefficient solution to combat human security threats in Martinique, and it will act as a step towards the inclusion of overseas territories in the research on the development of the Caribbean region.