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Development and Return Migration to Rural French Polynesia

Victoria S. Lockwood
The International Migration Review
Vol. 24, No. 2, Special Issue: Labor Recruiting Organizations in the Developing World (Summer, 1990), pp. 347-371
DOI: 10.2307/2546555
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2546555
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Abstract

In this article, a recent trend towards return migration to outer island French Polynesia is examined. Following a discussion of massive rural to urban migration throughout island Oceania, the regional and international factors responsible for reversing population movements in this French Territory are discussed. Finally, the impact of return migration on Tubuai, a rapidly developing outer island, is assessed specifically analyzing the manner in which returnees are reintegrated socially and economically into rural community life. The article concludes that returnees are development-oriented, but that increasing population growth in a context of fundamentally limited rural resources is not an economically viable process in the long term.

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