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¿Educación o Desintegración? Parental Migration, Remittances and Left-behind Children’s Education in Western Guatemala

Citation

Davis, Jason (2016). ¿Educación o Desintegración? Parental Migration, Remittances and Left-behind Children’s Education in Western Guatemala. Journal of Latin American Studies, 48(3), 565-590. PMCID: PMC5047708

Abstract

Many Guatemalan parents migrate to the United States with the intention of returning earned income to improve the human capital prospects of their left-behind children. This laudable goal is achieved by many–arguably benefiting girls more than boys. However, negative international migration externalities including migration failure, familial abandonment, psychosocial harms and a culture of migration that disproportionally limits the educational prospects of boys need to be considered. Based on qualitative field interviews in western Guatemala with parents and educators, this article presents a nuanced view of economic migration and left-behind children’s education, capturing both its remittance-related benefits and parental absence harms.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022216X1600002X

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2016

Journal Title

Journal of Latin American Studies

Author(s)

Davis, Jason

PMCID

PMC5047708