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Migrations, social capital and human development

The relationship between migration and development continues to bring about multiple questions at different levels. Migrants’ ability to change their own countries raises many expectancies, as well. This issue is commonly analysed from the only perspective of remittances and capital, but better understanding revealing human and social richness of migrant themselves calls for a different complementary approach.


The project teams centred their study on migrants’ social capital, with especial emphasis on transnational networks, their influences and consequences both on family members that stayed in the home country and on recipient countries’ socioeconomic tissue.


Although researchers’ case studies are focused on different aspects, the common thread are families, their members, structures, roles and networks whereby social capital circulate.


Case studies:


  • Trajectories and communities of immigrant Peruvians in Santiago de Chile (Chile)
  • Migrants’ social capital impact on families from home municipalities (Guatemala)
  • Migrant networks and creation of economic activities (small companies, international support programs) (Colombia)
  • Transnationalism impacts on social networks, life projects and community structures (Ecuador)
  • Social capital and human development on families with members having migrated outside the country (Peru)


Project meetings:


  • Third meeting, November 15-17, 2012, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador
  • Second meeting, July 4-6, 2011, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima, Peru
  • Inaugural meeting, April 12-13, 2010, Fundación Universitaria Luis Amigó, Medellín, Colombia




Dra. Ruth Piedrasanta, Universidad Rafael Landivar, Ciudad de Guatemala



Dra. Francisca Márquez, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago de Chile



Dr. Manuel Alfredo Ghiso Cotos, Fundación Universitaria Luis Amigó, Medellín



Mtr. Fernando Guerrero Cazar, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Quito                                      



Dr. Juan Ansion, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima



Scientific consultant:

Prof. Dr. Rosa Aparicio Gómez, Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset, Centro de Estudios sobre Migraciones, Madrid, Spain



Article on networks and creation of socioeconomic organizations


Article on the concept of social capital


Photos of the participation in the World Social Forum on Migrations (2010):



Video of the Peruvian team