Transnational approaches to remittances, risk reduction, and disaster relief

Evidence from post-Typhoon Haiyan experiences of Filipino immigrants in Canada

Authored by: Reiko Obokata , Luisa Veronis

Routledge Handbook of Environmental Displacement and Migration

Print publication date:  March  2018
Online publication date:  March  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138194465
eBook ISBN: 9781315638843
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315638843-21

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Abstract

The remittances provided by migrant members of households are frequently celebrated as a positive force for community development and for disaster recovery. Using empirical evidence provided by Filipino migrants living in Canada regarding their remittance behaviour in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, this chapter considers the environment-migration nexus in the context of transnational linkages and the role that remittances play in reducing a household’s environmental risk, and assisting in disaster relief. We complicate the idea that migrant remittances are a panacea by highlighting inequities and burdens that can exist within transnational households and communities. A transnational framework provides a useful lens to deepen understanding of the complexities of the mobility-immobility spectrum in the context of environmental challenges.

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