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Socio-Cultural Remittances and their Impact: A Study of Migrant Sending Communities in Rural Bangladesh.
Until recently, migrants’ financial remittances (earnings of migrants sent back home) have emerged as one of the significant sources of funding for development in the labor sending countries in the global South. Researchers, and policy makers have paid more attention to the glittering coin of remittances, and its effects on the macro level. Thereby, most debates about the development potential of remittances privilege the economic remittances at the cost of the socio-cultural. However, studies suggest that migrants maintain strong, regular ties with their families left behind, and transform the non-migrants’ lives through remitting ideas or norms, knowledge, practices, social capital and narratives, defined as “social remittances”, back home. Though non-migrants are physically separated from migrants, they share the identical social space, and their lives are intensely attached with migrants through different social, and cultural activities beyond economic. Thus far, this phenomenon has received very limited attention in academic and policy debates. Furthermore, how social remittances can influence at migrant sending communities is primarily shown by few case studies on global South-to-North transmigrants.
This study scrutinizes the South-South socio-cultural remittances consequences in the migrants’ home communities, through conducting a field research. Migrant workers from Bangladesh and their left behind family members, who have been contributing to gear up the country’s economy, are in the centre of this study. While Bangladesh participates in the supply side of the global labor market, which put the country on a firm footing in economic remittances earning, socio-cultural remittances and its consequences on the home community have been largely under-researched.
In order to understand the socio-cultural remittances consequences, this research bases the concept of social remittances, posed by Levitt (1998), as the diffusion of social norms, behaviours, identities and social capital that flow from migrant receiving to sending countries. This study investigates how social remittances are circulated, and what determines their effect. This research intends to amplify the current discourse on the socio-cultural development potential of migration and remittances in the migrant sending communities.
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Eva Gerharz
|11/2013 - present:||Institute of Development Research and Development Policy, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
Thesis Project: Socio-Cultural Remittances and their Impact: A Study of Migrant Sending Communities in Rural Bangladesh
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Eva Gerharz
|06/2012 - 08/2012:||Department of Human Geography, Lund University, Sweden
|09/2011 - 12/2011:||International Organization for Migration (IOM), Bangladesh (http://www.iom.org.bd/)
Intern (Worked as a part of research team to conduct research on Labor Migration Issues)
|08/2010 - 06/2012:||Lund University, Sweden
MSc in International Development and Management (http://www.lumid.lu.se/)
Subject of the Master’s Thesis: International Migration, Remittances and Household Development: Contribution of International Labor Migration and Remittances to Migrant Sending Households in Rural Bangladesh
Supervisor: Dr. Olle Frodin
|10/2006 - 08/2010:||Asiatic Marketing Communications Limited, Dhaka, Bangladesh (http://www.asiaticjwt.com/)
Associate Manager-Social Communication
|07/2005 - 03/2007:||University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Major in Strategic and International Management
Dissertation: The Role of Advertising Agency in the Entire Communication Process
|07/2000 - 06/2005:||University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
Major in Management Studies
Awarded a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship under the Graduate School Scholarship Program (GSSP) for PhD studies