Journal Article

Remittances Sent To and From the Forcibly Displaced

Published 3 October 2016 / By Carlos Vargas-Silva

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This paper reviews the literature on remittances in the context of forced displacement. The evidence suggests that remittances are often affected, and affected more strongly, by factors in the displacement context that are different from factors in other contexts, such as ‘economic’ migration. These factors include the possibility of continuing or new conflicts in the region of origin, the possibility of sudden mass repatriations, the relationship of diaspora groups with the authorities of the country of origin and opposition groups, the higher risk of sudden closure of remittances channels, and the complex movement trajectories of the displaced, among others.


Vargas-Silva, C. (2016) Remittances Sent To and From the Forcibly Displaced in The Journal of Development Studies, (1-14), doi: 10.1080/00220388.2016.1234040