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Linking social and financial remittances in the realms of financial know-how and education in rural Ecuador
Linking social and financial remittances in the realms of financial know-how and education in rural Ecuador

Author(s): Diana Mata-Codesal
Subject(s): Migration Studies, Socio-Economic Research
Published by: Transnational Press London
Keywords: International migration; remittances; banking; education; Ecuador;

Summary/Abstract: This article explores the links between financial and social remittances in the context of Ecuadorian migration to the US and Spain. Ethnographic research on remittance patterns and impacts was carried out in two villages in Southern high-land Ecuador. Each site has a different migration and remittance reception pro-file, in the broad contexts of Ecuadorian regular migration to Spain versus irregular migration to the US. In the specific cases in this research there are links be-tween social and financial remittances in the realm of migrants’ and their relatives’ dealings with the Ecuadorian banking system. Experiences prior to migration and exposure while abroad heavily shape their financial behaviour. A second set of links was identified in the sphere of education. These links are highly gendered with non-migrant women getting ahead of their male peers in educational attainment.

  • Issue Year: 10/2013
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 23-32
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: English