For developing countries, migration can be a blessing and a curse: a blessing for providing remittances and overseas contacts and experience; a curse for taking away the brightest and the best. The policy challenge is to minimise the costs and maximise the benefits for developing and developed countries.
The shop sits on the borders of Paris, just a few steps from a Metro station. Outside, a sign announces that it’s a travel agency; inside, there are a few phone booths, two Internet stations, and a large desk. Above the desk hangs an aerial photo of the Moroccan city of Fez.
The floor of the shop is filled with luggage – old-fashioned suitcases, unwieldy parcels tied with twine and ...