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National Contact Point Guatemala

The affiliation institution of the IHDP National Contact Point, is now doing research for a conjunct project with the University of Oslo on the effect of international migration in land use change. The main idea is that remittances have an effect on how households decide on the use of land. The study is taking place in four communities that represent the main geographical and ethnic divisions of the country (highlands, lowlands, indigenous, non-indigenous). The first phase has been completed, involving a documentary review on the structural causes of international migration in Guatemala from 1960 to 2008, including economic, political and natural events that trigger population movements. Right now we are in the second phase, collecting ethnographic data on each of the sites. With the results, it will be possible to define a survey to be applied to a sample of households. After the social study is completed, the Institution will proceed with the natural research involving satellite image analysis. This study will also take place in four communities of Chiapas, Mexico, with the support of El Colegio de la Frontera Sur. Key Human Dimensions Research Questions International migration and its effects on gender relations, urbanization of rural environments, social change in traditional small communities. Research Initiatives Research on Guatemalan migrant organizations in Guatemala and USA, its transnational dimension and incidence on policy-making.

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