Outsourcing Welfare argues that international migrants have assumed a social welfare burden once reserved for national governments. The hundreds of billions of dollars they send to their home countries each year helps millions of families pay for food, healthcare, housing, and education. This money--known as "remittances"--is three times larger than aid and, as the book argues, has important implications for political, social, and economic stability throughout the world. Based on ethnographic research in Mexico and Central American and analyses of survey data from 50 countries in Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Middle East. Published in 2018 by Oxford University Press.
An "illuminating book" that "addresses an important but often overlooked consequence of international migration"
- Richard N. Cooper, Harvard University
“A major contribution to the field...the first comprehensive study on the relationship between remittances and political behavior.”
- David Doyle, University of Oxford
“Germano is masterful in making us see immigration ‘from the other side.'”
- Douglas S. Massey, Princeton University