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Migrant Remittances and the Web of Family Obligations: Ongoing Support among Spatially Extended Kin in North-east Thailand, 1984–94

Citation

Rindfuss, Ronald R.; Piotrowski, Martin; Entwisle, Barbara; Edmeades, Jeffrey; & Faust, Katherine (2012). Migrant Remittances and the Web of Family Obligations: Ongoing Support among Spatially Extended Kin in North-east Thailand, 1984–94. Population Studies, 66(1), 87-104. PMCID: PMC3886554

Abstract

Exchanges of money, goods, and assistance among family/kin members are influenced by the intertwined lives of individuals and their family/kin. As people pass through the young adulthood years, acquiring obligations as spouses and parents, and migrating in search of economic opportunities, tensions can arise over existing obligations. Using rich longitudinal data from Northeast Thailand, we examined the role of family networks (origin and destination) on migrants’ exchanges with family/kin. Our approach overcame many shortcomings of earlier studies, allowing us to ‘see’ the family social network arrayed in a broader network. We show that intra-family exchanges are influenced by marital status, the presence of children, having parents in the origin household, and having siblings depart from it. The results are stable across sensitivity tests that systematically include or exclude various familial links. In addition, reports provided by origin households on migrant remittances are consistent with reports from migrants themselves.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00324728.2011.644429

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2012

Journal Title

Population Studies

Author(s)

Rindfuss, Ronald R.
Piotrowski, Martin
Entwisle, Barbara
Edmeades, Jeffrey
Faust, Katherine

PMCID

PMC3886554