SOCIO - ECONOMIC IMPACT OF INTERNATIONAL REMITTANCES ON RURAL DWELLINGS

Rashida Aziz, Anwaar Mohyuddin

Abstract


The present study revealed the socioeconomic impact of remittances on the rural dwellings of Potohar Region in Pakistan. The dates presented in the article  were  collected  by  using  qualitative anthropological techniques. In the study, 52 households were observed with one or more  than  one  of their family members as overseas migrants. International remittances are received  which  contribute to the socioeconomic  uplift  of  households,  poverty  reduction  and  upward  income  mobility. Transformations in  living  standards  were  observed. Socially  and  economically deprived households started  depicting  construction  of  big  luxurious house building that represented not only comfort, modern trends of lifestyle, but also served symbolic representation of foreign money. International remittances served as a sign of prestige. The overseas migration served as a cushion to absorb economic tress. Further, one or more family members served as a strong socioeconomic back and prestige for the rest of the household members in their native region.


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