Development or Despair? The Intentions and Realities of South-South Migration

Lee, Sang E. (2010) Development or Despair? The Intentions and Realities of South-South Migration. Encuentro: Revista Académica de la Universidad Centroamericana (87). pp. 6-25. ISSN 0424-9674

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The literature on the motivations and the impacts of remittances sent by international migrants to their families and communities strongly focus on their economic impacts and the flows of money from the global North to the South. The driving factors for remittance sending, closely embedded in motivations for migration, often overlook the conditions in which remittances are not sent, where households do not prosper, and community development does not happen. This ethnographic study uses the case of Nicaraguan migration to Costa Rica to examine the lives of the families of migrants in the context of rural to rural and South to South migration. The paper examines the intentions and realities of South-South migration through the lens of migrants and their families, and illuminates the other side of migration often invisible in the migrant’s home communities and the migration and development literature. The paper also shows the disparity in physical, economic, and emotional distance as it illustrates the unique structural challenges of South-South and especially rural to rural migrants. These structural barriers that create an unbridgeable distance between migrants and their families embody the chasm between the intentions and the realities of migration for individuals on both sides of the border.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Remittance, Remesas, Migration, Emigración e inmigración, Costa Rica, Nicaragua
Subjects: 300 Ciencias Sociales > 304 Factores que afectan el comportamiento social
Divisions: Dependencias Académicas > Vicerrectoria Académica > Dirección de Investigación y Proyección Social
Depositing User: Rogerio Medina
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2014 14:35
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2015 12:48

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