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Migrant Remittances and Development in the Global Economy

Manuel Orozco
Migrant Remittances and Development in the Global Economy
ISBN: 978-1-58826-871-6
ISBN: 978-1-62637-034-0
2013/249 pages/LC: 2012041550
Diasporas in World Politics
"Empirically and theoretically strong.... [Orozco] convincingly draws connections between remittances, state policies, asset building, and development outcomes.... Remittances and Development is a significant and positive contribution to our understanding of complex socioeconomic and political phenomena.... An engaging and thought-provoking book that will inspire future projects."—Michael D. Tyburski, International Studies Review

"A must read for policymakers and students interested in the international flow of remittances from developed to developing nations and the implications of this flow for the development process as a whole.... Both interesting and comprehensive."—Alberto Posso, Developing Economies


Manuel Orozco moves beyond the numbers to provide a uniquely comprehensive, historically informed overview and analysis of the complex role of migrant remittances in the global economy.

How do patterns of migration and remittances differ across regions? What kinds of regulatory and institutional frameworks best support the contributions of remittances to local development? What has been the impact of remittances on migrants and their families? Drawing on empirical data from five continents and firmly grounded in theory, Orozco's work reflects the evolution of our understanding about the importance of migrant remittances and the policies that govern them.


Manuel Orozco is senior associate and director of the Remittances and Development program at the Inter-American Dialogue and also senior associate at the Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University.


  • The Political Economy of Remittances.
  • Sending Money Home.
  • When the South Meets the South.
  • Regulation and the Market for Global Remittances.
  • Remittances for Asset Building.
  • Financial Access and The Role of Microfinance Institutions.
  • The Five Ts of Transnationalism.
  • Deterritorializing Development Policy: Toward a Conclusion.