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HOW DO MIGRATION REMITTANCES AFFECT RURAL LIVELIHOODS IN DRYLANDS?
Article first published online: 7 JAN 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of International Development
Volume 26, Issue 4, pages 454–470, May 2014
How to Cite
Abdelali-Martini, M. and Hamza, R. (2014), HOW DO MIGRATION REMITTANCES AFFECT RURAL LIVELIHOODS IN DRYLANDS?. J. Int. Dev., 26: 454–470. doi: 10.1002/jid.2896
- Issue published online: 4 MAY 2014
- Article first published online: 7 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 11 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Received: 19 OCT 2011
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Migration is often driven by low incomes, scarcity of natural resources and lack of employment opportunities. Syria has suffered from 4 years of consecutive droughts, with grave consequences on resources, pushing rural people to migrate. The impact effect of remittances on livelihoods in dry areas needs more understanding; our study addresses that gap. We used a rapid appraisal and a formal survey of 608 randomly selected rural households in 2009 after two droughts. We found that migration has positive impact on rural livelihoods and represented more than 50 per cent of the annual per capita income. It also supported land reclamation and holds a potential to support development. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.