Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
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The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration
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Vargas-Silva, C. 2013. Social remittances. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .
- Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
The term social remittances is used in reference to the ideas, norms of behavior, identities, beliefs, values, expectations, mindsets, worldviews, and social capital that immigrants send to their home countries (Levitt 2001). Immigrants typically do not cut ties with their country of origin, even if they assimilate. They transmit social remittances through their continuous interaction with their home community. These transfers are considered to be a migration-driven form of cultural diffusion and dissemination.