Feminised financial flows: how gender affects remittances in Honduran–US transnational families
This article focuses on Honduran immigrants in Alexandria, Virginia USA and their family members in Nacaome, Valle, Honduras. It traces the transfer of remittances from migrants to their families at home, in 20 transnational families. It focuses on six issues: gendered motives for migration, reproductive labour across borders, gender inequalities in the US labour market, intricate intra-familial power negotiations, the empowerment of women and new forms of dependence. It concludes by constructing a ‘counter-narrative’ of migration, based on women’s experiences, and considering the implications of this for development policies and programmes that seek to mobilise remittances for development.
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