Sri Lanka's remittance economy: a multiscalar analysis of migration-underdevelopment

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Abstract

Employing a multiscalar approach to migration outcomes, spanning individual households, local communities, the macroeconomy and global patterns of capital accumulation, this book demonstrates how cumulatively causal processes at structural, institutional and agency levels have forged a precariously remittance-dependent economy in Sri Lanka.

This book combines historical-structural analysis with qualitative research to contend that remittance inflows have reinforced patterns of uneven development in Sri Lanka. At the heart of this argument is a bold critique of remittance capital that inverts the migration–development nexus which has come to dominate international policymaking, with implications for Sri Lanka and other ‘remittance economies’ throughout the Global South. The author contends that temporary labour migration from Sri Lanka is a process of ‘migration-underdevelopment’, in which remittance inflows – ubiquitously considered a key source of capital for developing economies – are reinforcing of uneven development at multiple scales and produce unsustainable development outcomes.

Offering a uniquely systematic critique of remittances as a source of developmental capital for countries of origin, such as Sri Lanka, this book will be of interest to academics in the field of development studies, migration studies and Asian studies.
LanguageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages188
ISBN (Electronic)9780429453557
ISBN (Print)9781138320048
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameRoutledge Series on Asian Migration
PublisherRoutledge
No.5

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underdevelopment
Sri Lanka
migration
economy
structural analysis
capital accumulation
labor migration
historical analysis
country of origin
qualitative research
community

Keywords

  • Migration-Development
  • Remittances
  • Sri Lanka
  • Temporary Labour Migration
  • Uneven Development

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Withers, M. (2019). Sri Lanka's remittance economy: a multiscalar analysis of migration-underdevelopment. (Routledge Series on Asian Migration; No. 5). London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429453557
Withers, Matt. / Sri Lanka's remittance economy : a multiscalar analysis of migration-underdevelopment. London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2019. 188 p. (Routledge Series on Asian Migration; 5).
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Withers, M 2019, Sri Lanka's remittance economy: a multiscalar analysis of migration-underdevelopment. Routledge Series on Asian Migration, no. 5, Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, London ; New York. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429453557

Sri Lanka's remittance economy : a multiscalar analysis of migration-underdevelopment. / Withers, Matt.

London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2019. 188 p. (Routledge Series on Asian Migration; No. 5).

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