Migrants who work in the United States frequently send remittances, money and goods for family or friends in their countries of origin. In the late 1900s the areas receiving the largest amount of U.S. remittances were Mexico, India, China, the Philippines, the Caribbean, and many African countries. This money sustains families and communities abroad, and contributes substantially to some home countries’ economies.

Western Union sign from Morocco, 1995–2002

Western Union sign from Morocco, 1995–2002

Western Union is among the most prominent companies for sending remittances abroad. This sign from Morocco demonstrates the widespread and international importance of sending money to family in other countries.

Gift of Khalid Fellahi

International Air Travel

In the 1960s and 1970s the introduction of commercial jet planes helped make transnational travel affordable, giving immigrants with means a way to stay connected with friends and relatives in their home countries. Today visits are common in both directions. Some immigrants bring relatives to live with them. Others return to their home countries in retirement.

Plane ticket, Havana, Cuba, to Miami, Florida, 1961

Gift of Margarita Lora

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