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Effects of Remittance Behavior on the Lives of Recent Immigrants to Canada from the Philippines: A Population-Based Longitudinal Study

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  • Shahin Shooshtari

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  • Carol Harvey
  • Evelyn Ferguson
  • Tuula Heinonen
  • Syeed Khan
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    Remittances, money sent by immigrants to family members in their countries of origin, were studied. Research goals were to (1) describe remittance behavior over time and (2) understand effects of sending remittances on the lives of remitters living in Canada. Data were obtained from three waves of the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Canada (2000–2004) for a national sample of Canadian Filipino immigrants. Multivariate regression analyses were used to assess the effects of remittances on health, housing and living conditions of the study population. Results showed that over time respondents’ own health was not affected by remitting. In contrast housing and living conditions were affected: Remitters were less likely to own their homes and more likely to rent than non-remitters when the effects of age, sex, family income and immigration class were controlled. The researchers make suggestions for practice and future research dealing with housing and living conditions of recent immigrants to Canada. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Family and Economic Issues.

    Volume (Year): 35 (2014)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 95-105

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:jfamec:v:35:y:2014:i:1:p:95-105

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    Keywords: Remittance behavior; Recent immigrants; Longitudinal survey; Overall health status; Housing and living conditions;

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