Date(s) - 06/11/13
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
The dominant framework for understanding the interpersonal aspects of remittances is a continuum of motives, from altruism to self-interest, on the part of remittance senders. This framework has its roots in economics and has shaped much of the quantitative research on remittances over the past three decades. In parallel, a growing body of ethnographic research has brought out more multi-faceted aspects of remittances in transnational relationship. This work has been fragmented, however, and has few shared conceptual referents. The time is ripe for re-thinking how remittances shape, and are shaped by transnational relationships between individuals.
Jørgen Carling is Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and currently Research Director for one of the institute’s departments. His research addresses several aspects of international migration and transnationalism, including the formation of migration aspirations, the impact of migration control measures, the functioning of transnational families, and the role of remittances. His empirical work has concentrated on migration from Africa to Europe. Carling has extensive fieldwork experience and combines ethnographic data with statistical analyses in his research. He is a member of the editorial boards of International Migration Review and Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.
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