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ERIC Number: ED126192
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Social Dynamics of Return Migration to Puerto Rico.
de Cintron, Celia Fernandez; Vales, Pedro A.
The sociological elements associated with the process of return migration such as the motivations responsible for, or associated not only with return migration but with the migration process in general, are addressed in this investigation. Among the questions that guide the research problem are the following: the meaning of migration and of return migration; what comparisons can be made with the way of living, SES, and occupational status at the different stages of the migrants, such as before the first trip, during migration, last trip, and on return to Puerto Rico; and, what motivated the migrants to leave Puerto Rico in the first place and to return at last. Among the findings are the following: out of 236 subjects, 120 are males and 116 females ranging from 14 to over 65 years old with a median age of 35. Those migrants with a history of repeated migration have an average of three trips per person. Most of the travelling is done to New York, but New Jersey, Connecticut, Chicago, and Boston are also host communities to the Puerto Ricans. Work opportunities in Puerto Rico are limited at the time prior to the migrant's first departure. Males migrate more than females for economic reasons; females are moved by personal motives. The process of returning to Puerto Rico is influenced by strength of family ties. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Cultural Context, Cultural Influences, Ethnic Groups, Immigrants, Migrants, Migration, Migration Patterns, Minority Groups, Puerto Rican Culture, Puerto Ricans, Relocation, Social Behavior, Social Influences, Social Problems, Social Structure, Social Systems, Sociocultural Patterns, Spanish Americans, Spanish Speaking, Transportation, Travel
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Puerto Rico Univ., Rio Piedras. Social Science Research Center.
Identifiers - Location: Puerto Rico