Determinants of Remittances: The Case of the South Asian Community in Manchester

Development Economics and Public Policy Working Paper No. 25/ 2008

36 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2012

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Thankom Gopinath Arun

University of Central Lancashire

Hulya Ulku

University of Manchester - Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM); World Bank

Date Written: November 11, 2008

Abstract

This paper investigates the remitting behaviour of South Asian community using new data from 700 Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi households in Manchester. The findings show that the remittances of South Asian community in Manchester are determined by income, social and financial linkages to the home country, the recipient's economic status, and the use of remittances for education and business. There is no tangible evidence that the use of remittances for basic needs and consumption has a significant impact on the size of remittances. In addition, while the remittances of permanent migrants are determined by the standard variables cited above, remittances of temporary migrants are primarily driven by their use for savings, education and loan payments.

Keywords: Remittances, South Asia

Suggested Citation

Arun, Thankom Gopinath and Ulku, Hulya, Determinants of Remittances: The Case of the South Asian Community in Manchester (November 11, 2008). Development Economics and Public Policy Working Paper No. 25/ 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1299523 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1299523

Thankom Gopinath Arun (Contact Author)

University of Central Lancashire ( email )

United Kingdom

Hulya Ulku

University of Manchester - Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM) ( email )

Manchester M13 9GH
United Kingdom

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433
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