Udeshika Jayasekara is a Researcher at the Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka (INSSSL), national think tank under the Ministry of Defence. The opinions expressed in this piece are the author’s own and not the institutional views of LKI and INSSSL, and do not necessarily reflect the position of any other institution or individual with which the author is affiliated.
Henry and Susi are not only life partners. They are also holding hands to save the environment and improve the livelihoods of communities reeling from conflict through their business venture.
The post-millennium surge in global remittances — amounting to a net transfer of US$689 billion to the global south in 2019 — has courted significant policy attention around prospects for ‘migration-development’. The World Bank and the Migration Policy Institute have heralded temporary labour migration as a ‘triple win’: a win for migrant workers, for the countries they hail from and for the countries they work in, with remittances positioned as the pivotal boon for migrant households and countries of origin. The argument assumes that remittances allow poor households to overcome poverty and make investments while providing much needed foreign exchange earnings at a macroeconomic level.
Author: Matt Withers, Macquarie University
Author: Kanishka Jayasuriya, Murdoch University