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(Re)embedding remittances into the lifeworlds of immigrants: contrasting social types


  • Dumitru Sandu



The study considers remittances as part of the lifeworlds of immigrants in multiple interactions with return intentions and communication at home. This is an alternative view of the standard approach of remittances as possible source of development or as a variable to be explained by family solidarities, investment projects or ground for return. The key dependent variable is home orientation of immigrants as measured in quantitative and typological terms, function of remittances, return intentions and communication behaviours. The typological analysis of home orientations diverges from the standard approach in terms of high or low clustering of cross-border activities. It argues for the fact that cross-border activities cluster together in different ways for specific social types. Three hypotheses – on collective deprivation in remitting money, survival– development–identification strategies of migrant’s families and higher relevance of home orientation compared to remittances behaviours – are tested by analysing two complementary data sets.

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  • Dumitru Sandu, 2012. "(Re)embedding remittances into the lifeworlds of immigrants: contrasting social types," Discussion Papers 4, Central European Labour Studies Institute (CELSI).
  • Handle: RePEc:cel:dpaper:4

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    1. David Reher & Miguel Requena, 2009. "The National Immigrant Survey of Spain. A new data source for migration studies in Europe," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 20(12), pages 253-278, March.
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    home orientation of immigrants; remittances; deprivation; home belonging communication; ambivalent orientation of immigrants towards home and destinat;

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    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
    • F24 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Remittances
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration

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