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11 The New Heroes And Heroines Of North America: Remittances And Local Development In Mexico

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This chapter focuses on the complexities of migration and how it is a highly gendered process and related to development, or-to speak in an outdated language of the 1970s-'mal-development or underdevelopment'. It intends to present is the ways, often contradictory, in which migrants are being portrayed and the discrepancies with the everyday realities of migrants and their families. The main argument presented here is that the government of Mexico-in its role as a sending state-and the international community, have constructed a discourse about migrants and their potential role in (local) development which is problematic and contradictory. The chapter focuses on a few key concepts or terms: migration-development nexus, transnational communities, and remittances. It discusses the migration and (lack of) development. The chapter explains the state, and changing discourses on migrants, and related discourses by international organisations on remittances and development. Finally it also discusses the lived realities in local communities.

Keywords:lack of development; local communities; local development; Mexico; migration; remittances



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