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Sustaining societies under strain: remittances as a form of transnational exchange in Sri Lanka and Ghana: Nicholas Van Hear

This chapter looks at the potential for diasporas to assist their homelands, particularly those that are ailing through socio-economic disintegration or conflict and its aftermath. From the point of view of those at home in such societies, the presence of family members abroad may be a lifeline, particularly in times of distress. More generally, expatriate populations increasingly determine many aspects of their homelands’ society, economy, politics and culture. Indeed, arguably some countries could not sustain themselves without the support of nationals abroad (Brown, 1992; de Montclos, 1999).