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Sarah Lynn Lopez

The Remittance Landscape. A Photo Essay

University of Texas at Austin, EE.UU.


This photo essay documents key images related to the contemporary human experience of migration and global flows of people and information. Remittances are defined by the World Bank as the portion of international migrant workers’ earnings that is sent back to family members in their countries of origin. Remittance landscapes are places (houses, public buildings, infrastructure, and material ephemera) migrants and their families build using money earned abroad. The spaces of migration –whether they be the interiors of migrant dream homes or aspirational businesses– reveal that migrants are not necessarily choosing between two or more places, rather they are intensifying their relationships, connections, and networks to multiple localities.

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