chapter  6
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Transforming Transnational Ties into Economic Worth

Cubans’ transnational ties came to have economic worth as émigrés generously shared their new country earnings with family members they had left behind. Although remittance-sending rarely occurred during the Soviet era, the annual infusion of diaspora dollars surged from an estimated $50 million in 1990 to over a billion dollars at the start of the new millennium (see Table 6.1),1 with the US believed to account for 80-90 percent of all remittances that islanders received.2