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ERIC Number: ED233110
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Puerto Rican Return Migrant Youth.
Carrasquillo, Angela; Carrasquillo, Ceferino
Among Puerto Ricans who have migrated to the United States, a significant number have returned to Puerto Rico, while others shuttle between Puerto Rico and the United States. These groups of people are identified as return migrants. Studies suggest that return migrant youth in Puerto Rico have had to make environmental and cultural adjustments that have shaped their perceptions, concepts of group identity, and world views. Return migrant youth are often characterized as being negatively disposed toward self, inconsistent in behavior, alienated from Puerto Rican culture, and limited in Spanish language skills. At the same time, they are described as possessing initiative, respect for work, discipline, and practicality. Relationships between return migrants and Puerto Rican islanders have not been very positive. The islanders complain about the returnees' contempt for anything indigenous, while the returnees are disillusioned when their expectations about Puerto Rican life and culture turn out to be false. Instead of good living conditions, ideal weather, good job opportunities, and friendship, the returnees find themselves confronting poor living conditions, discrimination, mistrust, and misunderstanding. (MJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Puerto Rico; Return Migrants