Dr. Sarah Lopez presents "The Remittance Landscape: Spaces of MIgration in Rural Mexico and Urban USA" at the Department of Geography and the Environment colloquium. Lopez is assistant professor at the School of Architecure, University of Texas at Austin.
International migrant remittances have received much attention, as - according to the World Bank - flows to developing countries have increased from $72.3 billion in 2001 to an estimated $401 billion in 2012. While dollars sent home are used for an array of expenses, little is known about how they are used to turn migrant aspirations into concrete and fired-brick realities. This talk explores the remittance landscape - the built environment elements in rural Mexico that have been envisioned by migrants and erected with dollars - as well as the spaces in both Mexico and the U.S. defined by information flows, practices and organizations that give rise to remitting as a way of life. The exploration is situated in three rural villages in the Mexican state of Jalisco.
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