ERIC Number: ED029727
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Changes in the Spanish Speaking Labor Force of Saginaw County, Michigan.
Leonard, Olen E.
The purposes of the study conducted in Saginaw County, Michigan, were to determine (1) changes experienced by Spanish-speaking migrants, especially moves into and out of the labor force; (2) future changes in the availability of Spanish-speaking migrants for agricultural labor; (3) the significance of migrants' settling permanently in Michigan; (4) the extent of change to non-farm labor; (5) how migrant families adjust to their new environment; and (6) how achievements are related to length of time in Michigan. The information obtained by interviewing sample families revealed that: (1) the rural residents of the area were recent arrivals while the more successful urban dwellers were more permanently attached to the area; (2) most of the migrant adults had little difficulty adjusting to their new environment even though their English was limited; (3) since they were unskilled workers, the parents held relatively low educational aspirations, but aspirations were as high as the national level for their children; and (4) once a Mexican American family had moved into a non-farm job there was little desire to return to agricultural work. The conclusion of the study was that the current supply of Spanish-speaking children, both urban and rural, will contribute little to farm labor needs in Michigan. (RH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mississippi State Univ., State College. Social Science Research Center.
Identifiers: Michigan; Michigan (Saginaw County)