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Gender Dimensions of Remittances: a Study of Indonesian Domestic Workers in East and Southeast Asia

— theme: Migration and development
— country: Indonesia
— type: Reports

UNIFEM - 2009. "This study examines the gender-differentiated patterns in the earning, saving and remitting practices of Indonesian domestic migrant workers, as well as in receiving and using remittances in the country of origin, the role of remittances in the household’s internal dynamics, and solutions for maximising the development potential of remittances for the women migrants, their families and communities of origin. It further explores the impact of women earning income and remitting it home on the households themselves. The research draws on 60 interviews conducted with Indonesian domestic workers in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong SAR, and 40 interviews with households in Indonesia who have a member working as a migrant domestic worker in one of these countries. As a micro-level approach, it shows the impacts of remittances on the family and local communities and can ultimately help policy makers to formulate and implement policies and programmes to harness the development potential of remittances."

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UNIFEM (part of UN Women)
Publishing Year
2009
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