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14 Aug 2017 | Blog

It’s not just about the Money – a Story from Rasuwa, Nepal

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Lower-income Nepalese youth have improved their earning capacity by opting for foreign employment, working as migrant labourers. Working in countries such as India, Malaysia, and the Gulf, they send remittances in cash and in kind back to Nepal. The Economic Survey 2015/16 (MoF, 2016) has shown remittances income of the country amounting to over Rs. 617 billion accounting for 29 percent of GDP. This has brought about various socio-economic and cultural changes. Remittances provide the scarce cash income to households increasing their purchasing power. Current literature on migration has focused on aspects of this monetary remittance and only in a limited extent on the understanding of ‘social remittance’.

Current literature on migration has focused on aspects of this monetary remittance and only in a limited extent on the understanding of ‘social remittance’.

“Social remittances are ideas, practices, mind-sets, world views, values and attitudes, norms of behavior and social capital (knowledge, experience and expertise) that the diaspora mediate and transfer from host to home countries” (Mohamoud and Fréchaut 2006).”

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