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Keywords:

  • temporary migration;
  • labour migration;
  • social development;
  • family relations;
  • social mobility;
  • family dynamics;
  • Bangladesh;
  • Singapore

Abstract

Drawing upon longitudinal data, this research documents the relationship between migration and development by highlighting the conditions which promote changes in social and familial relations, social positioning, and intergenerational relationships within the families who experience temporary out-migration and the return of at least one male member. The fieldwork data (based on two surveys) derive from research conducted on Bangladeshi temporary migrants in Singapore and in an ‘origin’ village in Bangladesh in 2001 and 2006. The study reports that male labour migration has contributed to social changes in their own families and villages over time that are most likely to stimulate, in turn, macro-changes in Bangladeshi society in the long run. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.