Lexicon for the Provisional Future(s)


Informal World Wide Investor

October 3rd, 2007

giu_7507.jpgIn every city in the Western Balkans, the Western Union logo is one of the most common brands animating the streetscape. With the beginning of the rise of the diaspora, from the 1990s, those that left the countries started to send money to their families or friends through International Money Transference Systems. Despite the fact that the economic condition abroad is not always easy, the diaspora maintains a strong link with its own country and with its families; it keeps transferring both money and goods even after many years. These transfers support the countries’ economies and make the construction of most of the houses in the cities and the countryside possible. So, very often the real investors in the reconstruction or just in the life of post-war cities are those who left the country. (more…)