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Dilip Ratha (personal website, Wikipedia) is a scholar of migration and its impact on development. His main contribution has been to put remittances “on the map” for scholars of migration and development. He was the first person to note that actual remittances flows were much higher than official estimates of the time, and were larger in magnitude than aid flows.
Dilip Ratha heads KNOMAD, a World Bank initiative on organizing data and knowledge on migration. He also blogs at the World Bank People Move blog. He also heads the Migration and Remittances Unit at the Migrating out of Poverty initiative of the Department for International Development in the United Kingdom.
This New York Times article profiles Dilip Ratha, discussing both his scholarly work and his personal journey as a migrant.
More on Ratha is available on his website and the Wikipedia page about him.