Transnational money: the formalisation of migrant remittances

Kavita Datta

in Migrants and their money

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9781847428431
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307549 | DOI:
Transnational money: the formalisation of migrant remittances

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Chapter Six maps remittance flows from London to migrants' home countries, highlighting the uneven nature of development in the world and the transnationality of finance. Beginning with a discussion on the importance of remittances in the contemporary global economy, the chapter highlights both national and international imperatives to formalise remittance sending practices which is attributed to both the migration-development and migration-security nexus. It highlights the diverse motivations which shape migrant men and women's remittance sending which range from altruism and moral obligation to a desire to accumulate transnational financial and material assets. The chapter then considers the mechanisms by which migrants send money back to their home countries, illustrating the importance of semi-formal and informal remittance sending practices in particular remittance corridors and the factors which lead to a preference for these over more formal remittance sending mechanisms. In so doing it questions global initiatives to financialise remittances.

Keywords: Remittance flows; Transnationality of finance; Informal mechanisms; Formal remittances; Financialisation of remittances

Chapter.  12339 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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