International amenity migration: implications for integrated community development opportunities Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2014, © 2014 Community Development Society. Amenity migration studies have been predominantly conducted in the global North. Furthermore, few have addressed issues directly associated with community development in the global South. In this study, we intend to fill this gap by examining the ways international amenity migrants and local rural residents interact with each other and engage in community development efforts. Findings from research in Costa Rica suggest that the relationships between members of both groups are mainly superficial, with no signs of the establishment of strong bonds between groups. Additionally, findings indicate that limited integrated efforts between the two types of residents exist, and local community development is primarily led by rural local residents. Suggestions are offered as to why members of both groups fail to establish joint community development efforts, and recommendations for improvements are provided.

author list (cited authors)

  • Cortes, G., Matarrita-Cascante, D., & Rodriguez, M. F.

citation count

  • 12

publication date

  • September 2014