Remittances to Latin American countries on the decline

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Many Latin American countries depend on remittances from migrant workers who leave their home countries for financial opportunities across the globe. But according to a study done by the Inter-American Development Bank, in this global recession a lot of migrants aren’t able to send as much money as they used to. Joining The Takeaway is Efrain Jimenez, a 34-year-old auto mechanic in the San Fernando Valley in California who moved to the U.S. from Mexico. He’s been able to send his parents as much money as he used to because of the slowdown in business at his shop. Also joining the show is Robert Meins a remittance specialist for the Inter-American Development Bank who does research on the amount of remittances sent across the globe and its economic effect.

"Fundamentally, migration is the result of a developmental imbalance. So the fact that it is very difficult for people to find jobs in Latin America is one of the things that most drives migration."
— Remittance specialist Robert Meins on immigrant workers in the U.S.


Robert Meins

Hosted by:

Farai Chideya


Stephanie Loleng

Comments [1]


I would like to see a discussion, one that would likely be highly speculative, about how little change can be expected in places like Mexico as long as illegal immigration is allowed. One that talks about how the greatest constituency for the greatest change in a place like Mexico is leaving, consenting to corruption and violence, rather than forcing change.

Granted that such change would likely involve more turmoil than our evening news could encompass, or tolerate. as it would sound to the members of the Media like their class was in danger, but there is almost a Lainginan psychopathology aspect to this situation.

Mar. 18 2009 12:11 PM

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