Trends and Impacts of Migrant Transnationalism

Steven Vertovec


The transnational approach to migration phenomena, despite many
critiques, suggests that a variety of institutions are changing, particularly
among migrants themselves. How deep-seated and long-lasting are these
changes, and to they have implications for broader forms of structural
transformation in migration sending and receiving contexts? In this paper,
a wide range of studies and materials are reviewed to address this
question concerning possible modes of transformation affecting socio-cultural,
political and economic transformation. These include shifting
patterns impacts of transnational practices on families, norms and modes
of perceptual orientation; dual citizenship, homeland politics in diaspora
and the ‘identities-borders-orders’ of nation-states; and the sending and
use of individual and collective remittances for economic development.
These modes or sites of transformation both draw from and contribute to
wider processes of globalization.

Keywords: Migrant Transnationalism, Modes of Transformation,
Remittances, Dual Citizenship, Telephone calls

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