Sending Money Home / Edition 256

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For international migrants seeking employment in the United States, the desire to remit a portion of their earnings to their home countries is a time-honored custom. The flow of money southward from the United States has evolved from a stream flowing from families through informal networks to a major river with new tributaries fed by transnational migrant organizations, channeled through an increasingly formal marketplace, and attracting the involvement of home country governments. This volume tracks the evolution of the flow of money 'home,' offering new data to enhance the picture and understanding of this important economic phenomenon.

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Editorial Reviews

Social scientists describe how the flow of money from migrants in the US home to Mexico and Central America has evolved over the past few decades from informal, family-based networks to involve transnational migrant organizations, an increasingly formal marketplace, and migrant-sending governments. They look at that development, the role of hometown associations, the economics, and opportunities and constraints for the future. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742518865
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 256
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Rodolfo O. de la Garza is vice president of the Tom's Rivera Policy Institute and professor of political science at Columbia University. Briant Lindsay Lowell is director of research at the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I The Developmental role of Remittances in U.S. Latino Communities and Latin American Countries
1 A New Phase in the Story of Remittances 3
2 Binational Impact of Latino Remittances 29
3 Migrant Remittances to Latin America: Reviewing the Literature 53
Pt. II The Role of Hometown Associations
4 Latino Hometown Associations as Agents of Development in Latin America 85
5 The Development of the Hometown Associations in the United States and the Use of Social Remittances in Mexico 101
6 Remittances and Markets: New Players and Practices 125
Pt. III The Economics of Sending Remittances
7 Sending Money Home...for Now: Remittances and Immigrant Adaptation in the United States 157
8 Do Government Programs "Crowd In" Remittances? 189
Pt. IV Opportunities and Constraints on the Future of Remittance Flows
9 Conclusion 215
Index 223
About the Contributors 233
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