Julia Yansura was an associate with the Migration, Remittances, and Development Program of the Inter-American Dialogue. Her research focuses on financial inclusion for migrants and remittance recipients.
Prior to joining the Dialogue in 2012, Yansura taught high school Spanish for five years. She has lived and studied in Chile and Russia.
Yansura received her MA in Latin American Studies, with a concentration in international migration, from Georgetown University. She also holds a certificate in migration, refugees, and humanitarian crises from the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University.
Migrants often purchase products from their country of origin such as food, clothing or handicrafts, a practice which is known as the “nostalgic trade.” To better understand this practice, the project surveyed 380 Guatemalans in the United States and visited more than 40 stores that offer Guatemalan nostalgic products. The…
It is often mentioned that remittances “are primarily spent on consumption, housing and land, and are not utilized for productive investment that would contribute to long-run development.” Statements such as these typically reflect value judgments rather than informed opinions based on empirical evidence.
El Salvador’s sluggish economy and outdated economic model present serious challenges for the future.