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Going North, coming South: Guatemalan migratory flows

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  • MICHELLE J. MORAN-TAYLOR

    () (Department of Geography, University of Denver, United States.)

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Understanding the return aspect of international migration is vital because re-turnees replete with new ideas, perceptions on life, and monies affect every dimension of social life in migrants’ places of origin. Yet, return migration re-mains uneven and an understudied aspect of migratory flows because migra-tion scholars have privileged why individuals migrate, the underlying motiva-tions for their moves abroad, and how migrants assimilate and succeed in their destinations abroad. Drawing on ethnographic research, this article ad-dresses the migratory flows of Ladino and Mayan Guatemalans: those who go North, but in particular, those who come South. And in doing so, it high-lights their similar and divergent responses towards migration processes.

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  • Michelle J. Moran-Taylor, 2009. "Going North, coming South: Guatemalan migratory flows," Migration Letters, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 6(2), pages 155-164, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:6:y:2009:i:2:p:155-164
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