Editorial: Advancing Scholarship on Remittances

Jeffrey H. Cohen


The articles included in this issue of Remittance Review reinforce our continued efforts in maturation of theory in the study of remittance practices (see Sirkeci, Cohen, Ratha, 2012 and Ratha and Sirkeci, 2010). The themes addressed go well beyond concerns with the physical nature of remittances, direction of flows and outcomes of remittance practices in an economic vacuum. In fact, the authors whose articles are included here, work from the belief that remittances are best understood within a political economy framework that emphasizes global market forces, pays careful attention to how remittances are embedded in culture and society, and recognizes how remittances as well as migration influence, and are influenced by, kinship.


remittances; theory; remittance prices; social remittances; South Asia; United Kingdom; development; MTOs

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Cohen, J.H. and Sirkeci, I. (2011). Cultures of Migration: The Global Nature of Contemporary Human Mobility. Austin: University of Texas Press.

Crush, J. (2015). Informal Migrant Entrepreneurship and Inclusive Growth in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Southern African Migration Programme. Available at: http://imrc.ca/wp-content/uploads/ 2015/ 01/Informal-Migrant-Enterpreneurship-and-Inclusive-Growth-in-South-Africa-Zimbabwe-and-Mozambique.pdf. Accessed: 1 May 2017.

Rahman, M., Yong, T., Ullah, A., (eds) (2014). Migrant Remittances in South Asia. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK.

Ratha, D., & Sirkeci, I. (2010). Editorial: Remittances and the global financial crisis. Migration Letters, 7(2), 125-131. Retrieved from http://www. tplondon.com/journal/index.php/ml/article/view/184.

Sirkeci, I., & Cohen, J. H. (2016). Cultures of migration and conflict in contemporary human mobility in Turkey. European Review, 24(03), 381-396.

Sirkeci, I., Cohen, J. H., & Ratha, D. (Eds.). (2012). Migration and Remittances during the Global Financial Crisis and Beyond. Washington DC.: World Bank Publications.

World Bank (2016). Remittances Data Inflow, October 2016. Washington, D.C.: World Bank.


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