Sunday, September 10, 2006

Immigrant Networks

This surprisingly well written and well researched story in today's Washington Post outlines the social networks ALL immigrants (not just the undocumented) rely upon to survive their immigrant experiences. In fact, immigrant settlement in particular areas of the nation is also linked to established social networks. These networks decrease the risks involved with immigration or moving to a particular area, and once established, tend to have a self-perpetuating effect on immigrant settlement in a particular place.

Doug Massey and colleagues (1987) were among the first to develop this social network theory, which is highlighted in their book Return to Aztlán: The Social Process of International Migration from Western Mexico (UC Press).

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