02 October 2018
"Impact of Social-economic Remittances and Social Mobility in the Sending Community: A Case Study of Cambodian Migrants from Kandal Village, Banteay Meanchey, Cambodia
 
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RCSD Post Fieldwork Seminar:

"Impact of Social-economic Remittances and Social Mobility in the Sending Community: A Case Study of Cambodian Migrants from Kandal Village, Banteay Meanchey, Cambodia"

Presenter: Mr. Veng Seang Hai, M.A in Social Science (Development Studies)

Commentator: Dr. Mukdawan Sakboon, (Department of Social Sciences and Development)

Moderator: Mr. Takashi Miyajima, M.A in Social Science (Development Studies)

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, from 10.00 a.m.
At Subaltern Meeting room,
Basement floor, Operational Building,
Faculty of Social Sciences


Abstract:

Since the political and economic transitions in the 1990s, Cambodia began to experience high integration with the Southeast Asian region and the beyond. In that context, international migration of labor mainly to Thailand has become a potential force behind the country’s growth engine. Economic remittance, in particular, has been the center of discussions amongst various studies which suggest positive-negative impacts of economic remittance on Cambodia.

However, it is problematic to understand development impacts of international migration by taking up only the economic remittance because non-economic forms of remittance like ideas, know-hows, skills and social networks (social remittance) also circulate between migrants in Thailand and non-migrants in Cambodia. By employing both notions of economic and social remittance, it will allow us to see a broader picture of capital flow and its impacts on Cambodia’s development. Therefore, this study embraces three objectives to discover: (1) transnational linkages and connections sustained between non-migrants in the sending community and migrants in Thailand, (2) economic and social remittances and their impacts in the sending community, and (3) social mobility of remittance-receiving households. In terms of research methodology, the study site locates in two migrant-sending villages in Preah Netre Preah commune, Banteay Meanchey province, Cambodia. To collect the primary data, I used both quantitative and qualitative approaches (survey on 64 households and 33 interviews) during my field research conducted twice in April 2017 and from December 2017 to February 2018.

About the presenter:

Veng Seang Hai holds a BA degree in education of English (TESL) from the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP). In 2016, he began his Master Degree in Social Science (Development Studies) at Chiang Mai University.

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