Web Anthology on Migrant Remittances and Development

Research Perspectives

This is the second edition of the Anthology on Migrant Remittances and Development, which was first published on the website of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) in 2009.   Consistent with the original goal, this new edition offers a collection of articles that are based on empirical research and provides insight into key conceptual, methodological, and theoretical issues relevant to researchers and policy makers who seek to understand and enhance the developmental impact of remittances.

The most substantive change that the Editors have introduced to the second edition is an expanded exploration of the effects of remittances on social aspects of development (including gender relations and family cohesion) and a new section that examines socio-cultural (non-monetary) remittances.  A small number of articles have been transferred between topics, others have been replaced with more recent articles, and more than twenty new articles have been added.

Since the first edition, some journal publishers have become more guarded about exposing copyrighted materials to open access on the web.  As a result, while the large majority of articles in the anthology are still available for immediate and free download, others are only available for purchase.  Next to the abstract of each article the anthology provides readers with a link either to free access or to the publisher where the article can be purchased.

The Anthology is available on the Web at: http://essays.ssrc.org/remittances_anthology/

Readers can identify articles that are of interest to them through:

  • The list of topics in the Anthology’s Table of Contents
  • A search bar located on the Anthology webpage, which enables key word searches of topic introductions and article abstracts, but not the articles themselves.
  • The complete article list, which is arranged alphabetically at the end of the Anthology

For their advice in creating this anthology, we are indebted the members of the SSRC’s International Committee on Migration and Development Research: Stephen Castles, Raúl Delgado Wise, Devesh Kapur, Amitabh Kundu, Frank Laczko, Peggy Levitt, Valentina Mazzucato, Kathleen Newland, Manuel Orozco, Patricia Pessar, Alejandro Portes, Gustave Ranis, Dilip Ratha, Ronald Skeldon, L. Alan Winters, Hania Zlotnick, and David Zweig.  In addition we thank Ed Taylor, Bimal Ghosh and Neil Fantom for their contributions to the first edition. Finally, we are grateful to the Global Migration and Human Mobility Program of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, whose grant support has made the Anthology possible.

In selecting articles and web resources for this Anthology, another team of Editors would no doubt have made different choices.  We encourage readers to send to migration@ssrc.org suggestions for a third edition of the Anthology, should that become feasible.

The Editors
Richard H. Adams, Jr.
Hein de Haas
Richard Jones
Una Osili Ukonkwo

Project Coordinator
Josh DeWind, Director
Migration Program
Social Science Research Council

June, 2012