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Remittances: The Impact on Families in Armenia

Authors
  • Thomas, Rebecca L.
  • Vardanyan, Yevgine
  • Yagaloff, Lisa
  • Diamond, Rebekah
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Family and Economic Issues
Publisher
Springer US
Publication Date
Jul 26, 2018
Volume
39
Issue
4
Pages
634–646
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10834-018-9580-9
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

Armenian families have a long history of receiving remittances. Currently remittances are a major component of the Armenian economy and have a significant impact on families. Utilizing the results of in-depth semi-structured interviews conducted in the capital city of Yerevan, this article examined how remittances affected the lives, well-being, and family relationships of the people who received them. As families managed without their migrant family members, they developed systems and routines that helped them cope with the absence. In addition, they utilized networks of social capital that allowed them to persist despite significant interpersonal challenges. Insights from this study will inform specialists who serve migrant families, helping them better understand what their clients are experiencing and enabling them to provide strength-based approaches.

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