Remittances and migration - the commerce of movement( South Pacific)

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Migration-oriented societies are often intimately bound, socially and economically, to those of their members who have emigrated and are resident abroad. The pattern of remittance exchanges offers one way of tracing the sequences of interaction and the levels of obligation, reciprocity, interdependence and dependency that exist between individuals widely separated in physical space yet preserving intimate social and economic links. This paper comments upon the role of remittances in a variety of emigrant situations, traces the way remittance patterns change over time and evaluates the importance of remittance payments for personal and national economies. It considers the concept of 'remittance-societies' in the South Pacific and elsewhere, and briefly examines the various mechanisms involved in the emigration-remittance cycle.-from Author

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-95
Number of pages19
JournalPopulation Geography
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1981

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