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Volume Four Winter 2006-Spring 2007 Numbers 3-4.
Theme: Global Labor Migration and Emerging Trends in Development Finance: An Assessment of the
Economic and Social Impact of Migrant (Worker) Remittances in Central America and the Caribbean
REMITTANCES AND AGRICULTURAL CHANGEIN CENTRAL AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
Department of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California 93106
Published Online: February 10, 2017
This article comprises a review of the literature that encapsulates previous findings on the effects of international migration and worker remittances on agricultural change — a factor that has direct and indirect environmental consequences — with a special emphasis on Central America and the Caribbean. Agricultural data obtained from the Latin American (LAMP) and Mexican Migration (MMP) Projects supplements this review for several countries surveyed. The data summaries are analyzed to establish whether or not they support theories on the influence of international migration and worker remittances on agricultural change in the developing world.