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Post re: El Salvador: International Remittances (Istvan Simon, US)
Created by John Eipper on 11/03/06 6:37 AM - re-el-salvador-international-remittances-istvan-simon-us

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re: El Salvador: International Remittances (Istvan Simon, US) (John Eipper, USA, 11/03/06 6:37 am)

Istvan Simon comments on Richard Hancock's El Salvador story (Nov 2):
I always enjoy Richard Hancock's WAIS contributions, and I wish he wrote
more frequently. What I like most about them is his quiet non-judgemental
tone always infused with humanity. Richard is right about every one of his
very interesting observations. He brings up the issue of remittances and
in fact this could be viewed as a spontaneous and democratic form of
foreign aid, one more contribution of the United States to the well-being
of the world. I hasten to add that of course there are similar
remittances from Europe as well. It would be interesting to have more data
on the volume originating in each country and the destination of the
Richard is also right about Salvadorans being the workers of Central
America. When I was in Costa Rica, I was struck by seeing Salvadorans
doing the "heavy lifting", with the local population enjoying a more lazy
and yet profitable way of living. I include in the latter category also the expatriates from the United States and Europe that took up residence
in Costa Rica, a few dozen of whom I met. I listened to their stories with
some skepticism. While I am sure that there was much truth in their
stories, I did not like their tone. They were all very dismissive of the
Ticos (Costa Ricans) as lazy and corrupt, which may be true, but
nonetheless I thought that it was very inelegant to choose to live in a
country and being obviously fairly wealthy and yet criticizing in such
terms those that were born there.
JE comments: I had always understood that the "nicos" (Nicaraguans)
comprise the largest group of foreigners doing unpleasant and low-paying
work for the "ticos" (Costa Ricans). As Istvan Simon has observed, a
significant number of Salvadorans must also be included in the Costa Rican
underclass. A "googling" of Nicos and Ticos will yield a number of
websites devoted to the two peoples' supposed mutual dislike.

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John Eipper, Editor-in-Chief, Adrian College, MI 49221 USA

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