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Pakistani Migration to the United States:An Economic Perspective


  • Oda, Hisaya


The 9-11 attack on the US brought a set of changes in overseas migration from Pakistan. Onesuch change is the sharp increase in remittances sent from the United States. The paperargues that the characteristics of remittances from the United States differ from thoseoriginating in the Middle East. Just as the overseas Pakistani communities are diversified, thenature and characteristics of remittances are heterogeneous, depending on where they comefrom and who sends them. While the importance of remittance flows from the United Statesis rising, not much academic attention has been paid to this issue because of a lack of data.To better understand the reasons behind the increase in US remittances, and in order toevaluate their sustainability, household surveys are necessary.

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  • Oda, Hisaya, 2009. "Pakistani Migration to the United States:An Economic Perspective," IDE Discussion Papers 196, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).
  • Handle: RePEc:jet:dpaper:dpaper196

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    1. Farid Makhlouf & Mazhar Mughal, 2013. "Remittances, Dutch Disease, And Competitiveness: A Bayesian Analysis," Journal of Economic Development, Chung-Ang Unviersity, Department of Economics, vol. 38(2), pages 67-97, June.

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    Labor migration; Remittances; Pakistan; United States; Emigrant remittances; Migration; Migrant labor;

    JEL classification:

    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
    • O53 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Asia including Middle East

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