value, social remittances, exchanges, transnational practices, migrants, Moldova


Informal transnational exchanges continue to attract the interest of migration scholars. Recent developments in Moldova following the Ukrainian refugee crisis warrant more discussions around the value of such exchanges, particularly in relation to informal provisions of aid. Building on theoretical perspectives on remittances, value and sociality, this article shows that parcel-sending should be addressed in its socio-economic complexity beyond the financial and legislative implications of transporting ‘goods.’ Using ethnographic examples of Moldovan parcel-sending from two fieldworks based on semi-structured interviews and participant observation, the article discusses what parcel-senders and receivers consider ‘valuable’ about this practice, both in the context of everyday transnational life and the Ukrainian refugee crisis in Moldova.


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