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Outsourcing Welfare: How the Money Immigrants Send Home Contributes to Stability in Developing Countries

Roy Germano

Abstract

This book is about how remittances—the money international migrants send to family members in their home countries—contribute to economic, political, and social stability in developing countries. Remittances are motivated by altruism, they rise in times of crisis, and they are spent largely on basic goods and services. Because of these qualities, remittances are transnational safety nets that serve a function similar to the social welfare programs most developed countries use to insulate citizens from market, environmental, and life-course risks. Outsourcing Welfare argues that counting on exp ... More

Keywords: remittances, immigration, international migration, neoliberalism, austerity, globalization, Mexico, Africa, Latin America, Middle East, food crisis, welfare policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190862848
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190862848.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roy Germano, author
Research Scholar, School of Law, New York University