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Migration as a strategy to diversify household income sources in agricultural communities in Bolivia
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4007-5173
2014 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Because of rapid urban growth in the global south, many rural areas have converted into peri-urban space where traditional food production and non-farm economic activities exist side by side. Existence of such rural-urban dynamics has enabled livelihood diversification in rural households for instance through temporal labor migration. In this paper, rural-to-urban migration decision is studied as a strategic step to diversify household income sources and possibly increase overall family income. In addition, I use the concept of multi-locational households in order to understand how peripheral rural and peri-urban households are often connected to several national and international places through out-migrated family members and economic activities practiced by household members. The main aim is to understand why individual family members of rural and peri-urban households decide to out-migrate and how they choose their migration destination. The study is based on a material of 35 semi-structured interviews conducted with left-behind families and returning migrants at three rural and peri-urban case study sites outside the city of Cochabamba in Bolivia.

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Human Geography
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Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-231273OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-231273DiVA: diva2:744063
Royal Geographical Society with IBG Annual International Conference, London, UK, August 26-29, 2014.

Paper presentation at the Royal Geographical Society with IBG Annual International Conference, London, UK, August 26-29, 2014.

Available from: 2014-09-05 Created: 2014-09-05 Last updated: 2014-09-05

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