A Mixed-Method Analysis of Remittance Scripts Among Bolivian Immigrants in Spain

Sonia Parella Rubio, Javier Silvestre, Alisa Petroff

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The use of mixed methods to deal with the complexity of remittance motivations is still infrequent. This paper uses statistical and qualitative data and provides evidence on the conceptual framework for understanding remittance behaviour proposed by the scholar Jørgen Carling. Carling's ‘remittance scripts’ understand remittances as multifaceted transactions and enrich the assessment of the relationship between remittances and development at origin. We use quantitative and qualitative data, both extracted from an ethnosurvey conducted in Spain, to shed light on the situation of transnational Bolivian immigrants after the economic crisis of 2008. We argue that the transactions are best represented by the necessity to provide for the recipients' basic needs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256-274
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of International Development
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2021


  • Bolivian migrants
  • Development
  • Mixed-method analysis
  • Remittances
  • Scripts
  • Spain
  • Transnationalism


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