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Identifying the Motives of Migrant Philanthropy

by Christian Peuker; Matthias Lücke; Toman Omar Mahmoud

Aug 1, 2012

Donations by migrants to community projects in their home countries ("collective remittances") help to provide local public goods and may promote economic development. We draw on the literatures on migrant remittances and on philanthropy in general to identify possible motives for collective remittances.