Migration Patterns and Remittance Transfer in Nepal: A Case Study of Sainik Basti in Western Nepal

Thieme, Susan; Wyss, Simone (2005). Migration Patterns and Remittance Transfer in Nepal: A Case Study of Sainik Basti in Western Nepal. International migration, 43(5), pp. 59-98. Wiley-Blackwell 10.1111/j.1468-2435.2005.00342.x

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International labour migration is a main livelihood strategy for many people in Nepal. This article analyses the migration process from the perspective of migrants and their non‐migrating household members, exploring the institutional regulations that structure the organization of migration and the cash flows involved. The results are based on a case study conducted in Sainik Basti, Western Nepal, in 2002. The article shows that for different destinations there are specific ways of organizing migration. These country specific ways of organizing migration demand specific assets from prospective migrants and their household members and, therefore, influence their choice of destination. Savings are remitted back home mainly by carrying them personally or by using the hundi system. In spite of the risks and difficulties involved, international labour migration often contributes to sustainable livelihoods. The main outcomes of migration are increased financial capital, education of the children, migration‐specific knowledge, and increased social capital. This enlarged asset endowment lowers both investment costs and risks involved in migration, and thereby increases its potential net return. Each act of migration, therefore, facilitates and stimulates subsequent migration

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography > Unit Geography of Sustainable Development
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography

UniBE Contributor:

Thieme, Susan

ISSN:

0020-7985

Publisher:

Wiley-Blackwell

Language:

English

Submitter:

Florian Dolder

Date Deposited:

17 Sep 2018 09:15

Last Modified:

17 Sep 2018 09:15

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/j.1468-2435.2005.00342.x

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.119355

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/119355

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