A biography of money flows in the Indian diaspora in Australia and community

This research will add to our knowledge of migrant money. To date, much of the research has family and community remittances. Remittances have been important for understanding how money is a medium of relationship in transnational families; a possible facilitator for development and one of the largest international flows of money. Remittances include three components – migrant workers’ remittances, the compensation of non-resident staff such as embassy employees, and migrants’ capital transfers (Ratha, 2003).

Studying the life histories of 14 transnational families in India and Australia involves interviews with family members in India and Australia. These interviews are augmented by participation observation, periodic contact with the Australian participants, and the offer of hospitality when family from India visit Australia. It means that for most families there are two to three individual and group interviews, and periodic interaction. This qualitative data is analyzed with the help of NVivo 9, a computer program. Use of NVivo helps make transparent how the data fits the emerging theory.

Start By 1 November 2011
Completed By 31 March 2013
Funding Co-operative Research Centre


Researcher(s) Supriya Singh, Anuja Cabraal
Program Community, Migration and Development
Location(s) Melbourne – Australia