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Remittances: Definitions and Metrics in Question

Remittances are sent by migrants to their families and friends back home. That definition, over the past few decades, has been the accepted understanding of the concept in discussions related to personal international money transfers (PIMTs), including in-kind and person-to-person cash transfers. However, no mechanism exists at present that can pinpoint the identity of the sender beyond an acknowledgment of the location from where remittances are sent. In addition, neither the size of diasporas nor the volume of remittances are accounted for reliably, particularly with regard to intra-African migrant communities. This panel, or series of panels, seeks to dive deeply into various areas of contention and refine our understanding of remittances.

Please send your 200-word abstracts and a brief bioblurb by March 25 to Nina Berman (Arizona State University), Nina.berman@asu.edu.