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Central America: migration patterns and remittances

Migration A–Z

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  1. Manuel Orozco

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm108

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Orozco, M. 2013. Central America: migration patterns and remittances. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

This essay reviews migration and remittance trends in the Central American region. Migration from Central America is predominantly a by-product of poverty and its attendant political and economic realities that are shaping the modern history of the region, with close links to the United States. A consequence of this migration trend is a significantly increased transfer of family remittances to families in the region. This essay describes and analyzes the dynamics of remittances vis-à-vis the region's economies by way of family ties between migrants and remittance-recipients.

Keywords:

  • borders;
  • American borderlands;
  • famine;
  • geopolitics;
  • imperialism;
  • labor;
  • war;
  • farming