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THE LIVES OF

MIGRANT 

REMITTANCES 

2017-2021

A transnational research collaboration with migrant worker organizations in Hong Kong, the Philippines and Indonesia, led by Professor Denise Spitzer (PI, University of Alberta). This project follows the 'life trajectory' of remittances generated by migrant workers from their inception, accumulation, and disbursement within transnational social fields across borders.

This project is supported by an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

PROJECT TEAM

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PROFESSOR DENISE SPITZER

UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

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DR JULIE HAM

UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG

COLLABORATOR

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MIGRANTE INTERNATIONAL

PHILIPPINES

COLLABORATOR

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UNITED INDONESIANS AGAINST OVERCHARGING (PILAR)

HONG KONG

COLLABORATOR

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KELUARGA BESAR BURUH MIGRAN INDONESIA (KABAR BUMI)

HONG KONG

COLLABORATOR

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ASIA-PACIFIC MISSION FOR MIGRANTS (APMM)

HONG KONG

COLLABORATOR

RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

In this transnational participatory action research project, migrant worker organizations play a central role in shaping the research process, which includes surveys, focus groups and visual ethnographic case studies. In Hong Kong, domestic workers were trained to administer surveys and collect data. 

Souvenir prepared for participants

SURVEY DATA COLLECTION TRAINING

FOR INDONESIAN DOMESTIC WORKERS

30 SEPTEMBER 2018

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INDONESIAN DOMESTIC WORKERS

LAUNCHING THE SURVEY IN VICTORIA PARK

4 NOVEMBER 2018

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

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INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE BETWEEN INDONESIAN MIGRANT LEADERS AND LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATES FOR 2019 INDONESIAN ELECTION

24 FEBRURAY 2019

Indonesian domestic worker-led organizations organized a dialogue with Indonesian legislative candidates to strengthen migrant workers' political participation and raise issues including migrant workers' contribution to national economies.