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The Land Left Behind: Remittances and Their Consequences

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"The Social, Economic and Political Impact of Remittances" by Luis Cosenza

Information about Remittances
The Wall Street Journal reports on the money lost in remittances due to the recession.
Results of The Pew Hispanic Center ‘s research on remittances among US immigrants are available at this site.
An extensive statistical portrait of Hispanics in the US can be found at the Pew Hispanic Center website.
The Washington Post examines remittances from a statistical and human perspective.
Remittances may create a “faulty lifeline” for developing economies, according to this paper from the MIT Center for International Studies.
Inter Press Service discusses the strain due to the drop in remittances in several Latin American countries.

Google Books offers an online version of Remittances, Development Impact and Future Prospects by Samuel Munzele Maimbo and Dilip Ratha (ed.).
This site presents a survey, sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank, of 1350 Latino migrants who sent remittances home during the spring and summer of 2009.
This report was written before the recession, but it examines the effects of circular migration and remittances on development. The report was generated from a gathering of international experts meeting at the University of California San Diego in 2003.
Among other results, this Gallup pole finds a correlation between religion and the likelihood that an immigrant will send remittances home.,,contentMDK:21105202~pagePK:64168445~piPK:64168309~theSitePK:870893,00.html
A review of Close to Home: The Development Impact of Remittances in Latin America from the office of the chief economist at the World Bank, explores the positive and negative effects of remittances on societies. A download of the report is also available.
Eldis is a service of the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex. It contains more than 26,000 summarized documents from over 7,500 development organizations and offers downloads for free. They have reports on everything from health issues to finance and governance.

Lesson Plans on Remittances
This is lesson plan PDF is designed for 7th grade, but could be adjusted up or down. Students examine how the ownership of a tree can affect a family in Niger.
This lesson plan on microcredit and microfinance and its role in fighting poverty can be used in Math or Business classes on the high school level.
Students can read about the positive and negative impacts of emigration before discussing issues presented by the author. This could be adjusted to most grades levels.

Lesson Plans and Information about Honduras
The CIA’s World Fact Book has all the basic information about Honduras.
Honduras’ official website is an interesting mix of tourism and politics.
This is the Honduran site maintained by the US Department of State.,,menuPK:295076~pagePK:141159~piPK:141110~theSitePK:295071,00.html
The World Bank maintains an extensive site with many links.
The Library of Congress has detailed country studies covering everything from the history of a country to its geography and government.
Students can learn a lot about a country by making a travel brochure. This site is specific to Honduras and is sponsored by National Geographic. It is designed for grades 6-8.
The Adventure Learning Foundation has many links to international information and lesson plan ideas. This link is specific to Honduras.

Notre Dame Faculty Resources

Jeffrey H. Bergstrand
Professor of Finance

International trade flows; economic integration agreements; foreign direct investment and multinational firms; exchange rates and international finance.

Gilberto Cárdenas
Professor of Sociology, Julián Samora Chair in Latino Studies, Assistant Provost; Director, Institute for Latino Studies and The Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR)


International migration; border studies; links between Latino communities in the United States and countries of origin, art and politics.

Juan M. Rivera
Associate Professor of Accountancy
International accounting; foreign exchange transactions; foreign reporting and disclosures; agribusiness and development; NAFTA




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