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Social Remittances and the Changing Transnational Landscape

This special issue showcases the latest research showing how flows of ideas, norms, and practices reshape contemporary politics. The concept of "social remittances", coined by Peggy Levitt fifteen years ago, contributed to the emergence of a whole new field in migration studies – taking stock of advances in all branches of social sciences (from development economics to geography, including demography or sociology), this volume brings new insights on the transnational dynamics of political change in the Americas, Europe, and Africa. How external votes shape local politics? How material constrains and policies affect social remittances? How money transfers induce political change?

  1. In this article, we examine whether migration experience provides an opportunity for Malian migrants to learn and adopt new political values and norms, and whether this translates into different attitudes towa...

    Authors: Lisa Chauvet, Flore Gubert and Sandrine Mesplé-Somps
    Citation: Comparative Migration Studies 2016 4:19
  2. The term “social remittances” was coined over fifteen years ago to capture the notion that, in addition to money, migration also entails the circulation of ideas, practices, skills, identities, and social capi...

    Authors: Thomas Lacroix, Peggy Levitt and Ilka Vari-Lavoisier
    Citation: Comparative Migration Studies 2016 4:16
  3. This paper explores the link between legal status and transnational engagement through the lenses of territorial confinement and blocked transnationalism. We hypothesize that irregular legal status results bot...

    Authors: Erik R. Vickstrom and Cris Beauchemin
    Citation: Comparative Migration Studies 2016 4:15
  4. How does the reception of remittances change the views of those left behind? In this paper, we compare the impact of financial remittances (transmission of money) with the impact of social remittances (transmi...

    Authors: Covadonga Meseguer, Sebastián Lavezzolo and Javier Aparicio
    Citation: Comparative Migration Studies 2016 4:13
  5. This article investigates the drivers and mechanisms of emigrants’ electoral and nonelectoral political engagement with their homeland. Our analysis concentrates on the diverse experiences of Polish migrants i...

    Authors: Anar K. Ahmadov and Gwendolyn Sasse
    Citation: Comparative Migration Studies 2016 4:12