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Modern MigrationsGujarati Indian Networks in New York and London$
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Maritsa Poros

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804772228

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804772228.001.0001

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Immigration in a New Century

Immigration in a New Century

(p.169) 6 Immigration in a New Century
Modern Migrations
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This chapter looks at the implications of a relational approach to migration and how immigration debates are viewed in the United States and the United Kingdom, along with government policies on immigration. In many countries, immigration debates focus on the problem of how many immigrants to accept, from which parts of the world to accept them, and what to do about them upon their arrival. Both the United States and the United Kingdom have encouraged migration either explicitly through labor recruitment programs, fairly liberal reunification and asylum policies, and by allowing unauthorized migrants. The social mechanisms that encourage migration are linked to the social networks through which specific people migrate to specific destinations, rather than to the problem of supply and demand. As the life histories of Gujarati Indians in New York and London show, many immigrants experience exclusion within their networks. It is thus important to understand how particular individuals and networks migrate as part of a selective process.

Keywords:   United States, United Kingdom, migration, immigrants, Gujarati Indians, government policies, social networks, exclusion, New York, London

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