Economic Integration to Send Money Back Home?

Ö. Bilgili*

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This article investigates the links between economic integration and remittances sending behavior through the cases of Afghan, Burundian, Ethiopian, and Moroccan first generation migrants in the Netherlands. The analysis demonstrates that economically-better-integrated migrants, especially those with secure employment, are significantly more likely to remit, remit more, and remit more for investment purposes rather than consumption. Consequently, I challenge the assimilationist perspective on the links between economic integration and homeland engagement, emphasize the significance of dual-engagement, and discuss the implications of this research for integration and development policy. © 2015, Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-400
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015

JEL classifications

  • o15 - "Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration"
  • f24 - Remittances
  • j61 - "Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers"


  • economic integration
  • Economic remittances
  • immigrants
  • the Netherlands
  • transnationalism
  • African immigrant
  • Asian immigrant
  • employment
  • immigrant population
  • migrants remittance
  • research work
  • Netherlands

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