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Author(s): Ibrahim Sirkeci
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Social Sciences, Economy, Geography, Regional studies, Book-Review
Published by: Transnational Press London
Keywords: Remittances; Migration;

Summary/Abstract: The Remittance Landscape: Spaces of Migration in Rural Mexico and Urban USA by Sarah Lynn Lopez, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015, pp. 336, ISBN: 978-022620281-5. In this intriguing book, Lopez urges us to rethink migration, remittances and space with a focus on Mexicans. She has based her discussion on an extensive research investigating investments in buildings (or dream houses) by migrants and followed their tracks to rural Mexico. Like in many other migrant source countries, Turkey, Pakistan, Morocco, Greece and elsewhere, migrants invest in building houses in their towns and villages of origin. These houses common in both rural and urban landscapes of all migrant sending countries. Lopez examines what she calls “the remittance landscape”. In line with our work with Jeff Cohen , Lopez’s approach in a way links movers and non-movers over the space they create together. Migrant Remittances in South Asia: An Introduction edited by Md Mizanur Rahman, Tan Tai Yong, A K M Ahsan Ullah, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2014, pp. 302, ISBN: 978-1-137-35079-4. Rahman, Yong and Ullah, three competent experts in migration in South Asia aimed at offering a set of theoretical treatments of remittances and the ways in which their potential for fostering development potential comes into reality. 15 authors bring us a comprehensive account of how remittances are sent, received and used in the context of development process in South Asia.

  • Issue Year: 1/2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 119-121
  • Page Count: 3
  • Language: English