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Socioeconomic Profile of the Emigrant from Medellín to Spain: An approach from the experience of the “Paisas en el exterior” network


  • Mauricio López González

    () (Facultad de Ciencias Económicas de la Universidad de Antioquia)

  • Maribel Díaz Pérez


  • Marta Sierra Torres


  • Beatriz Elena Tabera

    () (Universidad de Antioquia)

  • Andrea Contreras Araque

    () (Dalhousie University Faculty of Science)


The migration of Colombians to Spain has grown considerably in recent years, and so has the flow of remittances. This article examines the socio-economic profile of migrants from Medellín to Spain, identifying the main characteristics that define them. Additionally, we studied the use that both migrants and their families in Colombia would like to provide to the sent resources, as the largest percent of these remittances continues to be focused towards consumption to a great extent. These results are obtained from a survey conducted on a group of migrants in Spain

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  • Mauricio López González & Maribel Díaz Pérez & Marta Sierra Torres & Beatriz Elena Tabera & Andrea Contreras Araque, 2008. "Socioeconomic Profile of the Emigrant from Medellín to Spain: An approach from the experience of the “Paisas en el exterior” network," Lecturas de Economía, Universidad de Antioquia, Departamento de Economía, issue 69, pages 85-113, Julio-Dic.
  • Handle: RePEc:lde:journl:y:2008:i:69:p:85-113

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    Remittances; migration; socio-economic profile;

    JEL classification:

    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration


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