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Economic Interactions of Migrants and Their Households of Origin: Are Women More Reliable Supporters?

Osaki, Keiko

Based on an analysis of Thai National Migration Survey data, this paper examines, from a gender perspective, the transfers of money and goods between internal migrants and their households of origin. One of the salient features of internal migration in Thailand is the increasing participation of women in such mobility. The analysis suggests that migration functions as a survival strategy of many Thai households. The flows of money and goods into migrant sending households are large and essential supplements for the livelihood of the households. Presumably conditioned by traditional gender roles in Thai culture, female migrants seem to show deeper commitment than male migrants in providing economic supports for their households left behind.

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Citation: Osaki, Keiko, "Economic Interactions of Migrants and Their Households of Origin: Are Women More Reliable Supporters?," Asian and Pacific Migration Journal in 8(4), ed. , 447–471.

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Anthology
Topic 6 – Socio-Cultural Determinants of Remittances
Anthology
Topic 7 – Remittances and Gender