Case study two: Remittances of Fijian nurses in Ebeye, Marshall Islands

The nurses sent money, clothes and other gift items to Fiji. In monetary terms, the seven nurses who answered this survey remitted between $US266 ($A358) and $US890 ($A1,199) to Fiji in a fortnight from the local Western Union office. This would be the equivalent of $F600 to $2,010 a fortnight. The money was sent to families, friends and institutions.

Table 8: Cash remittances sent by Fijian nurses, Ebeye Health Clinic, 2002.

Approximates

$US

Fijian equivalent

$F

No. of nurses

266

600

2

267

603

1

356

804

3

444

1,002

1

890

2,010

1

Total: 2223

5019

8

Source: Fieldwork data, July–August 2002.

These remittances were sent to parents and/or spouses in order to pay for general family subsistence, for the welfare of their children and to meet telephone, water, electricity and gas bills, home, car and other property loans, school and medical fees and other traditional obligations in Fiji