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December 4, 2008

Self-Promoting Post on Remittances

Ct_cover My article, "Immigrant Remittances," has now been published by Connecticut Law Review and the final version is now on SSRN.  The abstract is below:

Remittances, the sending of money from immigrants back to their home countries, are the newest anti-poverty, development activity of the poor to be applauded by international institutions and economists. Exceeding foreign aid and private investment to many developing countries, remittances are being hailed as a new, untapped resource with powerful poverty alleviation and potential development attributes. After presenting the poverty, developmental, and economic characteristics of this new transnational connection between immigrants and their loved ones, as well as the dangerous effects of excessive remittance regulation, this Article argues that remittances should be understood as an anti-poverty tool, but not as a route to development.

A colleague of mine, Ken Anderson, put up a post on Opinio Juris about my article and one on remittance securitization by Heather Hughes. 

The BBC has posted an 18 minute BizDaily podcast on remittances that aired on Dec. 1, 2008.  The big issue involving remittances this year is the effect that the economic troubles in the U.S. will have on remittance levels.  The Migration Policy Institute made this, "Remittance Patterns in Flux," the 3rd of the 10 biggest migration issues of 2008. 

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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