Migrants and Political Change in Latin America. Book Review

Author
Clarisa Pérez-Armendáriz
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Political Science Quarterly
Volume
134
Issue Number
1
Publication Date
Spring 2019
Institution
Academy of Political Science
Abstract
How do international migrants affect their origin countries’ politics? Drawing on evidence from the cases of Colombia, Ecuador, and Mexico, Migrants and Political Change in Latin America argues that migrants gain new attitudes and economic resources as a result of experiences in their receiving countries that they then transmit to their origin countries through economic and social remittances and through return migration. Jiménez claims that by transmitting resources and ideas through these three channels, migrants create changes in the politics of their origin countries that they never intended or envisioned. These effects are mediated by local conditions in origin countries such as levels of education and wealth. Moreover, the social networks in which both types of remittances and return migrants are embedded augment their political effects.
Topic
International Affairs
Political Geography
Global Focus