A View from the Inside: Grounding the Remittance-Development Link

Villacrés, Daniela N.
July 2009
Migraciones Internacionales;jul-dic2009, Vol. 5 Issue 2, p39
Academic Journal
Research on the remittance-development link and policies for leveraging remittances for development have led to polarization and have obscured vital nuances in the relationship. One school of thought has adopted an overly optimistic view, placing an exaggerated emphasis on maximizing remittances as viable development tools. The other has assumed an overly pessimistic position, dismissing remittances as economic crutches and ephemeral solutions to poverty. Researchers have typically utilized quantitative methods that provide detached analyses. Against that backdrop, this article uses evidence from one Salvadoran municipality to provide an in-depth view of the remittance-development link at the local level, and it proposes four scenarios in which it manifests. Findings counter overly simplistic and polarized depictions in the literature and expose how those who live the remittance-development link perceive and experience it first hand in their households and communities. This article draws conclusions about the development potential of family versus collective remittances, as well as the importance of a balanced understanding of remittance-driven development that must be considered when furthering research and formulating policy.


Related Articles

  • Mapping social remittances. Boccagni, Paolo; Decimo, Francesca // Migration Letters;Jan2013, Vol. 10 Issue 1, p1 

    The notion of social remittances has gained a central position, discursively at least, in the literature on the effects of emigration on home societies. In this editorial we briefly review the strengths and limitations that this concept has displayed, since its early coinage in transnational...

  • International Migration and the Use of Remittances in the Local Sociocultural Structure in Oaxaca, Mexico. Jong-Taick Joo // Asian Journal of Latin American Studies;2012, Vol. 25 Issue 4, p25 

    This article explores the role of remittances in the cargo system in rural Mexico. Instead of focusing only on the economic function of remittances based on a dualistic approach (positive-negative or productive-unproductive), the author illustrates why sociocultural, political, and economic...

  • The Status of Africa's Emigration Brain Drain in the 21st Century. KABA, AMADU JACKY // Western Journal of Black Studies;Summer2011, Vol. 35 Issue 3, p187 

    This paper presents a diagnosis of Africa's emigration brain drain, pointing out that at least 16 million African immigrants are out of the continent, with a very high number of them in developed nations. The paper illustrates that a very high proportion of these African immigrants are highly...

  • Falling Remittance Growth Weighs On Economy.  // Latin America Monitor: Central America Monitor;Sep2007, Vol. 24 Issue 9, p1 

    The article reports how the drop in the remittance growth affected the economy of El Salvador. It states that the major factor in the slowdown has been the weaker economic performance in the U.S. where a large portion of El Salvadorian migrants reside. It adds that the future of El Salvadorian...

  • Transnacionalización de la subsistencia familiar. Arsenault, Stéphanie // Migraciones Internacionales;ene-jun2009, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p125 

    The movement of money between the province of Quebec and Colombia is managed primarily by relatives, usually for the purpose of daily family subsistence. The monetary flows between these places occur mainly between the families, their frequency is highly variable, and the amounts involved are...

  • Migración internacional y desarrollo. Aportes desde el transnacionalismo. Pardo Montano, Ana Melisa // Revista de Estudios Sociales;oct-dic2015, Issue 54, p39 

    The fundamental objective of this article is to analyze the relationship between international migration and development, from the viewpoint of transnationalism as one of the main theories currently used to explain the migratory phenomenon. Considering this, the initial discussion refers to the...

  • In search of the good life. Taylor, Rupert J. // Canada & the World Backgrounder;1994, Vol. 60 Issue 3, p27 

    States that many people are moving from the impoverished South to the rich North where they live on the margins of society. Definitions of the push and pull effects; How many migrant workers from Africa go to Italy each year to work in late summer harvest fields. INSET: Prosperity charter (the...

  • The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on International Migration. Koser, Khalid // Journal of Diplomacy & International Relations;Winter/Spring2010, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p13 

    The article discusses the effect of the global economic crisis that began in 2008 on patterns of international migration. Topics discussed include the effects of the crisis on living and working conditions for migrant workers, on their return and reintegration to their countries of origin, on...

  • Risk, Migration, and Rural Financial Markets: Evidence from Earthquakes in El Salvador. Yang, Dean // Social Research;Fall2008, Vol. 75 Issue 3, p955 

    This article discusses how El Salvadoran families respond to disasters and personal loss as it affects their participation in international migration. This study compares the effect of personal losses, such as a death in the family, to aggregate losses such as the social impact of the 2001...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics