Working Paper

Migration and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Literature Review with Focus on Peru and Argentina

Published 1 January 2004 / By COMPAS Communications

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Introduction

Migration and mobility within Latin America and the Caribbean have historically formed part of processes of development and nation building from the time of colonial conquest until the present day. This paper reviews existing literature with an emphasis on contemporary migratory processes and with focus in particular on Peru and Argentina. The paper argues that contemporary emigration from the region has primarily been researched in terms of in-migration to the US and Europe, leaving out the subjective experiences of the migrants themselves and the implications for the sending communities. The paper criticises some of the so-called brain drain and remittance literature for focusing too narrowly on the economic aspects of migration.

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