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It is within kinship networks that Africans construct identities and make sense of actions-including international migration and remittances. The intention to migrate and the subsequent decision to send remittances to kin left behind at the country of origin are therefore highly influenced by kinship networks. The narratives of social constructions of remittances can never be adequately understood outside kinship networks because they are the ultimate and influence direct beneficiaries of international migrants’ remittances. This article examines the understudied forces that influence remittances received from migrants, the social constructions of migrants’ remittances among left behind kin and influence of remittances on kin’s migratory tendencies. Social action and social exchange theories were employed as theoretical framework. Secondary and primary data were gathered for this article. Remittance to spouses, children and parents are more frequent (monthly and irregularly) and substantial than those sent to siblings and other relatives in migrants’ kinship networks. It was also found that the meanings attached to remittances are not mutually exclusive, but rather intertwined including as: survival mechanism, a sign of love or care as well as economic/business investment opportunity. Kin’s migratory tendency is not totally fostered by remittances but also as a result of the exposure to ways of life in the developed nations.
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