Remittances and a Transnational Moral Economy: El Salvador, Togo and the Philippines in a Comparative Perspective
Research AreaInternational Relations
This project examines through three case studies the origin and the character of economic spaces significantly affected by remittances: El Salvador and the US; Togo and France; and the Philippines and the US. Our starting point is a dilemma not yet recognized as a spatial phenomenon: In order to ensure regular capital flows between migrants abroad and their families who still live in the home country, formally nationally organized economic spaces in the Global South are increasingly transnationalized. However, in order to guarantee the regular flow of money, migrants as well as their families need to organize localized access to remittances. The response to this dilemma is the establishment of moral economies – understood as arenas in which transnational economic spaces are negotiated – that link migrants to their families as well as migrant host countries to their home countries. These morale economies are situated on different scales reaching from the local to the trans- and international.