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Processes of Migration in Latin America and the Caribbean (1950-2008)

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  • Jorge Durand

    () (University of Guadalajara and Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica (CIDE))

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The main characteristic of the Latin American migration on the 20th century was the change of flow. Until the 1950s, Latin America received migrants from Europe and the Middle East. As a result of economic change, political instability, and economic crisis, Latin America started exporting migrant workers. Now, Latin American migrants mainly go to the U.S., and in less extend to Europe (i.e. Spain, Italy, and Portugal), and in some cases to Japan as it is the case of Peru and Brazil. Several migrant patterns follow this process, which is characteristic to the massive emigration at the dawn of the 21st century.

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  • Jorge Durand, 2009. "Processes of Migration in Latin America and the Caribbean (1950-2008)," Human Development Research Papers (2009 to present) HDRP-2009-24, Human Development Report Office (HDRO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), revised Jul 2009.
  • Handle: RePEc:hdr:papers:hdrp-2009-24
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    1. Hatton, Timothy J. & Williamson, Jeffrey G., 2011. "Are Third World Emigration Forces Abating?," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 39(1), pages 20-32, January.

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    Keywords

    Latin America; immigration; emigration; United States; Europe;

    JEL classification:

    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics
    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration

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