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Social Quality in Post-industrial Societies: The Growth of Migrant Remittances in International Social Welfare

  • Yitzhak Berman
  • David Phillips
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One of the main aims of this book is to put the spotlight on global welfare systems in post-industrial societies. The most obvious of these systems accrue to formal global, international, and national bodies, either governments, nongovernmental organizations, or multinational corporations, and it is these formal systems which are the focus of most scholarly publications on international welfare and ‘the welfare state’ (Clasen and Siegel, 20077; Deacon, 2007). The emphasis in this chapter is different: it is on informal systems of international support at individual and family level, specifically exemplified by remittances made by migrants to families in their country of origin. In spite of the fact that these are informal systems, their consequences are by no means negligible, with remittances being the second highest source of external funding for developing countries and even accounting for over 20 percent of the GDP in some countries (de Haas and Plug, 2006). Crucially for this book, they are a central – and rapidly growing – phenomenon of the post-industrial world.

Keywords

Social Cohesion Social Inclusion Destination Country Conditional Factor Ethnic Community 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and ResearchVienna
  2. 2.Department of Sociological StudiesUniversity of SheffieldUK

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