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Xitlali’s dilemma: migrants’ remittances

  • Xitlali’s dilemma: migrants’ remittances

    My name is Xitlali González and I live with my two children in my parents’ house in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. As a single-parent, it is difficult for me to pay my childrens’ school fees. After my father became seriously ill and my family needed money for medicine, we decided together that
    I should go to the US to earn money for my family.

  • Xitlali’s dilemma: migrants’ remittances

    I learned about a job as a nanny in Dallas. As my visa application was rejected, I crossed the border secretly. Although I managed to arrive in the US, I do not feel safe without a visa. While I am taking care of a strange family’s children, I miss my own family.

  • Xitlali’s dilemma: migrants’ remittances

    I work a lot, have little free time and send almost all my salary to my parents in order for them to finance the cost of living, visits to the doctor and school fees for the children, as well as large festivals such as „fiesta de quinceañera“, a traditional celebration for my daughter‘s 15th birthday.

  • Xitlali’s dilemma: migrants’ remittances

    Since neither I nor my family has a bank account, I pay cash deposits to a large financial service provider, which my family picks up in the nearest branch in Mexico. However, a lot of money is lost through fees and high exchange rates. Through other migrants, I have learned that it is cheaper to send money online – but both my family and I would need a bank account for that.

  • Xitlali’s dilemma: migrants’ remittances

    Fortunately, I have a proof of identity given to me by the Mexican Consulate, which allows me to identify myself in a bank despite not having a work permit. I have opened an account in the US and my mother now has one in Mexico, making transferals much cheaper.

  • Xitlali’s dilemma: migrants’ remittances

    I would like to travel home regularly and see my children, but flights are expensive and the risk of not being allowed back into the US afterwards is high. I have no choice but to continue working in Dallas and save money for my family. Meanwhile, my mother saves money on the account in Mexico, with which she has opened a small grocery store. Who knows, maybe I can earn enough money quickly, so that all of us can be together again soon.

We would like to thank the GIZ Sector Project Migration & Development for providing us with the Stories about Migration and Development for further usage. The brochure can be downloaded in PDF format on the website of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Download: Stories about Migration and Development

There you can also find a selection of links to documents and websites providing further information on migration issues.

BMZ: Migration – Documents and links

June 2017

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